Australian PM Turnbull survives party leadership challenge


The vote comes a day after Ten News revealed a possible section 44 constitutional cloud over Dutton's business interests which could make him ineligible to sit in parliament.

The leadership talk was fueled by an Ipsos poll published in Fairfax newspapers, which showed support for Turnbull's Liberal-National coalition falling four points to 45 percent, 10 points behind opposition party Labor and enough for a crushing electoral defeat.

Malcolm Turnbull is still the Prime Minister of Australia after an attempted leadership spill.

"[Foreign Minister] Julie Bishop was the one person who nominated for that role and she's the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party".

Despite Mr Turnbull's capitulation to energy policy rebels in his ranks, the expectation his leadership is under threat has grown.

"Tony Abbott is not making any secret about his unhappiness so it is a statement of the obvious, it is not a revelation to anyone in Australia, that Tony Abbott is unhappy with the leadership and the direction of some of our policies, he has said so himself", Mr Pyne said.

"I think the public would react very negatively to another change of leadership without them having a vote".

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While Coalition marginal seat holders have publicly supported Mr Turnbull, some privately lobbied in favour of Mr Dutton to improve the party's chances in Queensland.

"If we are fighting amongst ourselves, guess what, when the voters go to the election, they'll mark us down as they should", Mr Laundy said.

Liberal backbencher Tim Wilson acknowledged the numbers were being counted in the party room.

Dutton has now resigned from the ministry, as expected, and we could see further Dutton backers step down from the frontbench after their attempted coup.

Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese said the prime minister should call an election, if he survives the week.

Mr Abbott said the internal war over energy was not a personality contest. Mr Abbott told reporters outside Parliament House on Monday evening.