Malcolm Turnbull: Australian PM survives leadership challenge

Malcolm Turnbull: Australian PM survives leadership challenge

While Turnbull has won the day, the battle for the leadership of the party is not over. Australians are due to hold a general election early next year.

Peter Dutton to challenge Malcolm Turnbull.

"In relation to media stories today, just to make very clear, the Prime Minister has my support and I support the policies of the government", Mr Dutton tweeted.

Speculation of a possible leadership challenge for Malcolm Turnbull's Liberal spot has been flying, with Peter Dutton rumoured to be involved in a spill.

In a move that repeats the pattern of previous leadership spills such as Paul Keating's two ballots against Bob Hawke during 1991, Mr Dutton has resigned from cabinet and go to the backbench to consider his next steps. However the pair then swapped again three years later with Rudd resuming the role of PM.

However, those who didn't support it threatened to "cross the floor" - that is, vote against it in Parliament. He called a spill in February 2015, but it wasn't until September that Malcolm Turnbull finally moved after Abbott had lost 32 Newspolls in a row.

'I think this stability in our government has helped key outcomes like the strong performance we had on jobs'.

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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.

"My view is my view", he said when asked where his personal support lay.

Australia's prime minister on Monday abandoned plans to legislate to limit greenhouse gas emissions to head off a revolt by conservative lawmakers.

On Monday Turnbull had declared he had Dutton's "full support".

"That is what people are telling me and that is what the government wants to do", he said. Julie Bishop was the only candidate for deputy and was re-elected without opposition.

Mr Turnbull said he would not proceed with the emissions target - part of his National Energy Guarantee (NEG) - because it had no prospect of passing through the House of Representatives, where he has only a slim majority.

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