Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull abandons greenhouse gas target to prevent conservative revolt

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Mr Dutton's camp believes it could get to the 43 votes needed to oust Mr Turnbull, but the prime minister's backers says he still had majority partyroom support. Australians can not reasonably be asked to put their trust in Turnbull at the next election if he can not even claim that from close to half of his own colleagues.

A report in The Australian suggests Mr Turnbull had lost confidence of nine Liberal cabinet ministers - half of the Liberal contingent.

The move triggers a cabinet reshuffle amid recriminations over the cabinet ministers who are suspected of fuelling some of the instability in recent days, raising questions over whether any of Mr Dutton's allies may also stand down.

The Prime Minister forced his rival to show his hand by declaring all leadership positions vacant as soon as the party room meeting started this morning.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, a key moderate and Turnbull ally, has been up on Sky News urging colleagues not to challenge the leader.

Three years later, Australia's first woman prime minister was gone when Rudd finally took his revenge after a failed 2012 coup attempt.

However, those who didn't support it threatened to "cross the floor" - that is, vote against it in Parliament.

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Turnbull had attempted to see off a challenge by retreating on energy policy that was contentious among the conservative wing of his party, but his backdown was not enough.

On Monday, Mr Turnbull attempted to blunt conflict within the government by abandoning plans to set an emissions reduction target in legislation.

Julie Bishop was re-elected unopposed as deputy leader.

"My view is my view", he said when asked where his personal support lay.

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.

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

"We are not going to propose legislation purely for the objective of it being defeated", he said.

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