Liberal leadership crisis: Peter Dutton attempts second strike on Malcolm Turnbull's leadership

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will have to watch his back after Peter Dutton announced he is working on

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he won't stand for the Liberal leadership again if an expected party room meeting on Friday agrees to spill the leadership.

The government does not have a majority in the Senate, which has not been shut down.

It's a new era of political instability that most Australians hate.

Mr Turnbull threw down his own challenge after Peter Dutton demanded another vote this morning, telling Liberals who want him gone to reveal themselves as he set a deadline of midday on Friday for the second leadership challenge of the week.

Veterans' Affairs Minister Darren Chester - a National MP and a strong supporter of Mr Turnbull - warned no leadership challenger should assume they will command a majority in the lower house.

An explanation could be that some lawmakers fear they will be punished by voters if they put their names to dumping Turnbull. But the present debacle contains so many wheels within wheels that it is virtually impossible to imagine anyone being able to keep all of them in view at once.

Deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek told Parliament said whoever emerged as prime minister should immediately call an election, an outcome that some analysts argue is probable.

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But some in the party worry that any quick resignation will trigger a by-election, which could quickly force a general election before the party is ready.

There's little doubt by day's end Turnbull will be checking out of Kirribilli House, the Prime Minister's official residence, and into his seaside mansion at Sydney's Point Piper. "I'm urging my colleagues to get on with the job we've been given - and that's to represent the Australian people in the best way that we can".

Turnbull said if he received a letter requesting a fresh vote with the signatures of 43 Liberal Party lawmakers, a majority of the party room, he would call a meeting.

Mr Turnbull is under pressure over poor polling and a push by conservative members of his party to replace him.

UPDATE, 7.30am: "TREATING the office of Prime Minister as a revolving door is demeaning to the democratic system".

Treasurer Scott Morrison also pledged to challenge for the top job, local media reported.

The father-of-three is seen as a leader of the party's right wing, and as the minister in charge of immigration rose to prominence as a staunch supporter of the government's hard-line policy of detaining asylum seekers in offshore camps.

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"This constant rotation of Prime Ministers by both the Labor Party and the Liberal party, I can not condone".

"The Liberal Party, whatever it does today and tomorrow, is irreparably split", Shorten said.

Mr Cormann called on Mr Turnbull to hold an immediate internal vote. Australia is due to hold its next election before May 2019. The coalition has yet to select many candidates. The vote to refer Dutton to the High Court was defeated 69-68 in the House of Representatives before it adjourned.

The former Home Affairs minister has his own legal advice that his interest in childcare centres - which receive a funding stream from the federal government - does not breach section 44 of the constitution.

Such a pending court case could scare lawmakers away from supporting Dutton in a leadership ballot. Government lawyers are investigating the case.

"Mr Bennett was successful in the High Court in Re Canavan and provided advice to Malcolm Turnbull on the eligibility of Justine Keay, Susan Lamb & Rebekha Sharkie, later confirmed by the High Court", he continued.

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