Peter Dutton resigns ministry after leadership loss to Malcolm Turnbull

Australian prime minister abandons climate change targets | TheHill

The leadership was declared vacant within minutes of the Liberal MPs gathering in Parliament House for their regular meeting on Tuesday morning, triggering a vote.

Turnbull's move may relieve immediate pressure on his leadership, though internal peace is seen as fragile as the government's re-election prospects look dim.

Dutton was the first Minister for Home Affairs, engineering the merger of the super portfolio which essentially made him Australia's inaugural King Cop.

He said the leading conservative has "no intention of challenging Malcolm Turnbull.but if you have other information directly from the horse's mouth, then you can say so".

Mr Turnbull's original energy policy, which was trying to deliver cheaper energy, more reliability and lower emissions, enjoyed broad support - even in his party room.

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Mr Abbott has been the most vocal of several government backbench MPs who have argued against legislating an emissions target.

In the lead up to the vote, Turnbull's supporters believed the prime minister has a majority of the party room but Dutton's camp was adamant their candidate can secure at least 43 of the 85 members of the federal Liberal party room.

Mr Turnbull became prime minister in 2015, after ousting Tony Abbott in a leadership challenge. Every one of them has told me they support the leader.

"He (the PM) thanked the colleagues for their support".

It has been widely reported that Dutton is still considering a challenge.

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Disquiet with Turnbull has been building in recent months, with the government trailing Labor in 38 consecutive opinion polls.

Australia is due to hold a general election sometime before May next year. It has a 2.9 per cent margin of error.

It follows the prime minister's major backdown on his National Energy Guarantee on Monday, removing climate change targets from the planned legislation.

Under the Australian system, as in the United Kingdom, the prime minister is not directly elected by voters but is the leader of the party or coalition that can command a majority in parliament.

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