Australian ruling party hardens rules to oust leader

Australian ruling party hardens rules to oust leader

Senator Cormann says former Labor leader Kim Beazley was "way more electable" in 2001 than Mr Shorten, but he ended up snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Moderate-aligned members of the NSW Liberal Party's executive committee have reportedly made a decision to abstain from a vote on using emergency powers to guarantee Mr Kelly's position.

"They're sick of it, it has to stop", he said.

Morrison said the Liberal rule on prime ministers was tougher because it would take a two thirds majority to alter it. Morrison noted that "such a majority is rarely, if ever, achieved".

However, Mr Morrison has argued the Liberals lost the Victorian election because they failed to make a case for change.

They believe his ongoing interventions are further risking the Liberals' fortunes at both federal and state elections.

The new rules require a two-thirds majority to change an elected leader, promising greater leadership stability after Australia's revolving door of five prime ministers in little more than five years.

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He said he had asked the party whips, Nola Marino and David Bushby, to work up a proposal.

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Mr Morrison said former prime minister Tony Abbott and former deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop had backed the move, and he had discussed it with former prime minister John Howard.

The main opposition Labor party also played musical chairs with their PMs when they were in power, with Julia Gillard replacing Kevin Rudd in 2010 as leader before he kicked her out and returned to power ahead of the 2013 election.

Immediately after Mr Turnbull's knifing, Mr Rudd called for the Liberal Party to follow Labor.

Mr Howard's declaration the Liberal leadership was a gift of the party room remains in place because it was the party room that had changed the leadership rules, he added.

But the rescue of outspoken conservative MP Craig Kelly angered former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, who told his successor to effectively sacrifice the coalition Government and call a poll for early March to prevent its chaos from destroying the NSW Liberal Government's re-election chances on March 23.

Turnbull's removal in August was the sixth change of national leader in the last decade in a turbulent period for Australian politics.

Mr Morrison and Mr Frydenberg have a laugh with the media during the press conference in Parliament House in Canberra.

Mr Alexander proposed Liberal leaders serve a full term before seeking a fresh vote of confidence from the party room before every election.

"The feds are poisoning us", one senior state Liberal told the Sydney Morning Herald.

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