Dutton makes second leadership challenge to Australia PM Turnbull

Dutton makes second leadership challenge to Australia PM Turnbull

In a very short statement, Dutton confirmed he had asked for a leadership ballot, but offered no more details.

"I think (a Qld PM) would enhance the vote in Queensland, but I don't know about the rest of Australia".

But Turnbull at that point was holding out, his camp arguing that Dutton supporters had not shown they had majority support - 43 MPs - for their call for a special meeting.

"(Mr Turnbull) was elected by the people of Australia to be their PM".

The former Home Affairs Minister has tweeted his intentions, believing he has the support of majority of the Liberal Party room to be successsful in his attempt to take the top job.

Turnbull came to power in a party-room coup in September 2015 when he ousted former prime minister Tony Abbott, who also survived an internal leadership contest before his eventual defeat.

Those calling for a new ballot said the matter had to be resolved on Thursday.

Mr Dutton's push for another challenge lost some steam amid questions about his parliamentary eligibility over the public funding of childcare centres held under a family trust. It also would allow Treasurer Morrison time to garner support before a leadership ballot.

A motion to refer Peter Dutton to the High Court to determine if he is in breach of Section 44 went down 69-68.

The motion was narrowly defeated by 69 votes to 68, however Dutton tried to preempt the attack by releasing the legal advice he commissioned late a year ago on his eligibility to sit in Parliament, which he says clears him of accusations that he is in breach of the constitution.

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The advice argues that Dutton has no conflict.

A defiant prime minister is holding onto his leadership with support from his two key lieutenants Treasurer Scott Morrison and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.

Mr Dutton left no doubt he was "working the phones" to build his numbers and made it clear he would move when he had a majority.

Despite saying Turnbull had his "loyal and unequivocal support all the way through", Cormann just told reporters in Canberra that this week's events have convinced them of the immediate need for a resolution to the ongoing leadership drama.

Frontbenchers and Dutton supporters Michael Sukkar, James McGrath, Angus Taylor, Zed Seselja, Michael Keenan, Steve Ciobo, Greg Hunt, Alan Tudge, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells offer to quit the ministry.

Senior ministers were bunkered down in Turnbull's office before the press conference by the three ministers.

Mr Dutton confirmed he was sounding out support for a second challenge, telling radio station 3AW: "I am not going to beat around the bush on that, I am speaking to colleagues".

Mr O'Dowd said disagreements about the proposed energy policy, the National Energy Guarantee, triggered yesterday's challenge.

Labor sought to intensify pressure on Mr Dutton on Wednesday night by releasing legal advice from Bret Walker, QC, that said the former cabinet minister was "incapable of being chosen" for the current Parliament and was not entitled to hold his seat.

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