Malcolm Turnbull wins leadership challenge

Malcolm Turnbull wins leadership challenge

Malcolm Turnbull wins leadership challenge

The fall-out has put Mr Turnbull's leadership under pressure as a block of conservative MPs - led by former prime minister Tony Abbott - openly question the government's direction.

The move followed Mr Dutton's failed Liberal leadership challenge at this morning's Liberal partyroom meeting.

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

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said Mr Turnbull's leadership was not under threat.

The Liberal party room will meet on Tuesday amid growing speculation the Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton is considering a leadership challenge.

With both leadership positions spilled, the foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop's position as deputy Liberal leader was also opened, but she was the only one to nominate and was therefore re-elected.

"He (the PM) thanked the colleagues for their support".

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

It is the latest chapter in a turbulent period for Australian politics.

It took two unsuccessful challenges for Kevin Rudd to re-take the prime ministership from Julia Gillard in February 2012 and March 2013, before Rudd finally won in June 2013.

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

Abbott is now a vocal backbencher and is widely seen as a key instigator of the move against the prime minister this week, which has left Turnbull heading a party where 35 people do not want him as leader.

He said although most government lawmakers supported the target of reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 26 per cent below 2005 levels, that support was not enough.

He argued it should not be enshrined in law as part of the government's new energy policy, known as the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), with consumers facing soaring electricity prices.

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