Published: Fri, August 24, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Malcolm Turnbull says unity is 'critical' after surviving leadership spill

Malcolm Turnbull says unity is 'critical' after surviving leadership spill

But former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who was replaced by Turnbull in a ballot of government lawmakers in 2015, was not convinced that Turnbull had given up on reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 26% below 2005 levels through legislation.

Adding to the prime minister's woes have been a string of poor poll results.

Asked on Nine whether Dutton was going to have a crack at the leadership, Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said "absolutely not".

Peter Dutton on the backbench during question time on Tuesday.

Some political commentators believe that Dutton, buoyed by his strong showing, could challenge Turnbull again within days, especially if there is a mass exodus from the Cabinet.

However, facing backlash from his Coalition government and the threat of a leadership challenge, Turnbull tried to appease critics Friday by proposing setting emissions reduction targets by regulation instead of legislation.

"I'm focused on getting energy prices down and I'll leave you to all of the speculation", Mr Turnbull said.

Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar offered his resignation after voting for Dutton in the spill, along with Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister James McGrath.

She told Sky News Mr Dutton risked accepting a "poison chalice" if he wins the leadership.

"We need to invest records amounts into health and education, aged care and other areas as well".

Tuesday night's developments have thrown a spanner in the works for both men locked in a battle for the leadership.

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Nationals Minister Darren Chester said some MPs would "consider their future" if there was a change of leader.

The leadership instability continues a pattern in Australian federal politics covering almost a decade, that began with the Labor government replacing Kevin Rudd with Julia Gillard in 2010.

A spokesman for Turnbull declined to comment on the prospect of an early election.

Australia has gone through an extraordinary period of political instability since Prime Minister John Howard lost power in 2007 after more than 11 years in office.

"I believe strongly that we can win the election if we get the policies and the message right about lowering electricity prices, about making sure that we can do more on infrastructure and in particular around the migration program, until the infrastructure can catch up in our capital cities".

"The stakes are too high for partisan and personal politics to spoil this opportunity to move energy policy into the 21st century", said Andrew Richards, chief executive officer at the Energy Users Association of Australia. Australia has seen five different leaders since 2009. "People are a "disgrace" or "appalling, ' they're 'totally incompetent" and so it goes on", he wrote in the Australian Financial Review.

But Twitter users ridiculed Dutton for appearing to want to promote a softer image.

According to the poll, the Coalition's primary vote has dropped from 39 to 33 in just one month, and Labor now leads 55-45 on the two-party preferred measure. "They vote based on how they feel".

We think this area needs more voices, reasoned analysis and ideas than just those provided by News Corp, lifestyle mags, Facebook groups and corporate newsletters. "Labor will do well in the next polls".

The party can change their leader at any time, although until recently it was highly unusual for a sitting prime minister to be removed from power. "Labor's seen that, we've seen that", Mr. Frydenberg told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

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