Malcolm Turnbull: Australian PM survives leadership challenge

POWER PROBLEMS Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has struggles with his National Energy Guarantee but his recent changes have won the support of CQ MP's including Capricornia MP Michelle Landry, Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd and Resources Minister Se

Malcolm Turnbull has survived a leadership spill with the Australian Prime Minister winning a vote for the Liberal leadership 48-35, forcing challenger Peter Dutton to resign to the backbench.

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

Mr Turnbull defeated Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton in a party room ballot in Canberra on Tuesday.

Mr Turnbull and Mr Dutton are both declining to speak at this time.

Reportedly, the Dutton camp had not expected Turnbull to bring on a Tuesday vote.

Such a situation occurred when Turnbull took the leadership from Abbott, with an "empty chair" challenge in February 2015 returning Abbott but a September 2015 challenge seeing Turnbull take the top job.

Just seven of his Liberal Party colleagues would need to switch to end what is now an unviable leadership internally and by virtue of that, a dishonest product to be put before the electoral market place.

Dutton was the first Minister for Home Affairs, engineering the merger of the super portfolio which essentially made him Australia's inaugural King Cop.

"I think the public would react very negatively to another change of leadership without them having a vote".

Small Business Minister Craig Laundy warns that would go down like a lead balloon.

"They want us to know that we should be concentrating on the things that are important to them".

One federal Liberal MP, Trent Zimmerman, said Mr Spence should "get back in his box" and focus on helping the LNP win government in Queensland.

Liberal backbencher Tim Wilson acknowledged the numbers were being counted in the party room.

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

The embattled prime minister has faced serious questions over his leadership in the past week amid changes to his National Energy Guarantee policy.

The coalition has lagged Labor in 38 successive Newspolls, eight more than Tony Abbott's record. Mr Abbott told reporters outside Parliament House on Monday evening.

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