48-35: Malcolm Turnbull scrapes through leadership challenge from Peter Dutton

Australian prime minister abandons climate change targets | TheHill

Turnbull said Dutton had told him he would not challenge for the party leadership.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ditched plans for the country to reach emissions targets aimed at combatting climate change.

After Peter Costello declined to stand for the Liberal leadership after the 2007 election defeat, Brendan Nelson tried to fill the giant shoes of John Howard and failed.

He's made good on that nearly immediately after the failed coup and resigned from his position as Minister for Home Affairs.

Asked what Turnbull said after winning, she replied: "This was conducted by way of precedent and he thanked his colleagues for their support and will get on with the business now of governing in the interests of all Australians". 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. The next day Tony Abbott challenged but then declared he would back Joe Hockey.

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

Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was ousted by his deputy Julia Gillard in 2010.

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.

Mr Dutton has now resigned his powerful position as Home Affairs minister and will move to the backbench, in keeping with the tradition of cabinet solidarity.

Energy bills rose by up to six times the average wage rise previous year according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

While the challenge over the prime ministership was ostensibly about energy policy, the true source of the leadership tensions goes much deeper.

"We can win next year if we become united and stick with Mr Turnbull", Mr Pyne said.

"That is what people are telling me and that is what the government wants to do", he said.

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