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"He's amazed the party would think it's a good idea to replace a prime minister doing a good job", Mr Pyne said.

Turnbull has said he will not stand if the Liberal Party parliamentarians back a motion for a leadership vote.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he plans to hold a party meeting on Friday if a majority of his ruling conservative Liberal Party lawmakers want it.

"I'm very confident we will have a party room meeting today", Mathias Cormann, formerly a key Turnbull backer who changed his support to Dutton and resigned as Finance Minister on Thursday, told Sky News. "A minority has by a process of intimidation ... persuaded people that the only way to stop the insurgency is to give in to it. ... I have never given in to bullies".

They have all been thrown out by their own parties.

Dutton has financial interests in daycare centers which receive government funding, potentially falling foul of Australia's constitution that bans lawmakers benefiting from state funds.

"Waiting for a letter with signatures of a majority of party Australia".

An image of Peter Dutton's shadowed face that has triggered comparisons with Darth Vader, prompted this from Gillard: "Something tells me that we will be seeing a bit of that photo in the future".

Childcare centres and au pairs could be the significant roadblocks for Peter Dutton's run for prime minister.

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New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood also vowed to sue the Environmental Protection Agency if the plan is approved. "We are putting our great coal miners back to work", declared the President at a rally in West Virginia this week.

Mr Dutton's head-counters spend much of yesterday just achingly short of the 43 signatures needed to bring on a party room meeting, but is now claiming to be over the line with Queensland MP Warren Entsch believed to be set to deliver the final signature.

Malcolm Turnbull still has a solid lead over Mr Shorten (54 to 46) while it was neck and neck with Scott Morrison, with Mr Shorten ahead by the narrowest margin (50.5 to 49.5).

"I'm sorry. You deserve better than numerous things our Federal Parliament has served up to you for the past 10 years", wrote Nationals MP Darren Chester, whose party is in a coalition with the Liberals.

No Australian prime minister has lasted a full three-year term since Prime Minister John Howard lost power in 2007 after more than 11 years in office.

The prime minister had hoped the first ballot, called by himself, would end speculation his government had lost faith in him after poor opinion polling and a by-election defeat in Queensland.

Australians often talk about voting for a political leader to become prime minister in the same way that Americans discuss electing a president.

Turnbull said he wanted the government's legal advice on Dutton's eligibility presented to Friday's meeting.

Many in Labor concluded that Rudd shouldn't have been dumped in the first place and the party changed its rules to make ousting a prime minister more hard.

He quit his cabinet position after his first failed leadership bid on Tuesday and has said that if he became prime minister, he would focus on cutting immigration to ease population pressures and boosting water investment to help drought-stricken farmers.


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