Published: Fri, August 24, 2018
Science | By Celia Watts

Australian prime minister wins leadership challenge

Australian prime minister wins leadership challenge

Voter support for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull crashed to its lowest level since December, an opinion poll published on Monday showed, further stoking leadership speculation in his ruling centre-right coalition.

However, the Prime Minister looks unlikely to be able to hang on long after 35 members of his party turned against him.

Ulhmann said the people he had spoken to indicated they would make a move "sooner rather than later".

On November 25, 2009, the punchy conservative Kevin Andrews declared he wished to challenge Turnbull for the leadership.

EARLIER: PETER Dutton has resigned as Home Affairs Minister after Malcolm Turnbull defeated him in a heated leadership challenge. Since 2007, no Australian prime minister has faced two consecutive elections.

"We need to invest more in water to get farmers out of drought so they do not go through what they go through at the moment".

Abbott had signed Australia into the Paris Agreement while in office, but later withdrew his support after losing a leadership challenge to Turnbull.

The prime minister said he took Mr Dutton at his word when he said he had legal advice saying he was in the clear, however the government is expected to double-check this with solicitor-general advice.

Despite the impasse, Turnbull said the government was committed to its Paris accord commitments.

Malcom Turnbull is bracing for a second attack on his leadership following a swathe of resignation offers from his front bench, as rival Peter Dutton ramps up his policy agenda.

Nationals MP Damian Drum has had a gutful of the former prime minister's interventions.

Dutton managed to secure a substantial portion of the vote without much time at all to rally his supporters, and these resignations will be putting a lot of pressure on Turnbull and the rest of the Liberal Party, who see it as vital to present the image of being a unified, stable party.

The report about Dutton followed his interview with Ray Hadley on 2GB on Thursday in which Hadley challenged him over whether he was "blindly loyal" to Turnbull.

"He thanked his colleagues for their support", Ms Marino said.

"The ability of this government to produce meaningful policy positions has been greatly compromised because the authority of the prime minister has been severely weakened", Martin Drum, a senior political lecturer at Notre Dame University, told Bloomberg News.

Treasurer Scott Morrison will act as Home Affairs Minister.

Mr Dutton's entry to the leadership beauty contest was needed because while he was a high-profile minister, many voters know little about him, or simply liked or disliked him for his stop-the-boats management. "My position from here will be to do what I can as a backbencher to make sure that I support the government, to make sure we are elected and can keep Bill Shorten from the Lodge".

Yet with Australia now enjoying a record 27th straight year of economic expansion, with low unemployment, low crime and high personal wealth, why has politics Down Under become so turbulent?

Labor leader Bill Shorten claimed the PM was "a Prime Minister in name only", adding: "If almost half of his own government do not want him to be the Prime Minister of Australia, why should the rest of Australia have to put up with him?"

The fact is, the result today was an overwhelming vote of support for the Prime Minister.

Commenting on the day's events, Shorten said: "Australia has a prime minister in name only - without power, without policies".

Australia's stock market also fell more than one percent on Tuesday, its biggest drop in five months. "With your help, we can continue to support a better informed local community and a healthier democracy for another 30 years".

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