Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Malcolm Turnbull wins leadership challenge

Malcolm Turnbull wins leadership challenge

He called a surprise snap leadership vote on Tuesday, before a spill could be called on him by a challenger.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott - the man knocked off in a leadership challenge by Mr Turnbull - has been the most vocal critic of the energy policy.

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. But when Hockey refused to oppose a carbon emissions trading scheme, Abbott stood at the December 1 ballot and defeated Turnbull by one vote.

Australia is due to hold a general election sometime before May next year. She claimed government after 17 days of negotiation to win crossbench support. However the pair then swapped again three years later with Rudd resuming the role of PM.

But the bill had support from lawmakers outside Turnbull's center-right Liberal Party, and it appears likely that the leader is caving to pressure from conservative members of his own party, according to the Times.

A senior political figure described Mr Turnbull as being in "panic mode" and "clearly rattled" about the amount of support he has lost.

While Turnbull has won the day, the battle for the leadership of the party is not over.

He said: "I've spoken to Peter Dutton".

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'It's become pretty clear, it's been a pretty torrid decade, ' he said.

"I think there might be a second phase strategy here".

Dutton put his hand up to challenge Turnbull for the top job after the PM's risky move to take control of the party.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Mr Turnbull was paying the price for making policy on the fly.

The disunity came to a head on Monday when Turnbull was forced to shelve plans to embed carbon emissions targets in law after a revolt by fellow Liberal politicians.

All leadership positions were declared vacant before the vote, but Julie Bishop also remains as deputy after an uncontested vote.

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

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