Malcolm Turnbull survives leadership challenge from Peter Dutton - for now

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Malcolm Turnbull has held on to his job after vacating the Liberal party leadership and calling a spill, prevailing in a snap contest against the home affairs minister Peter Dutton 48 votes to 35.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will recontest his position.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ditched plans for the country to reach emissions targets aimed at combatting climate change. "Now there's a call for nominations".

In a move that repeats the pattern of previous leadership spills such as Paul Keating's two ballots against Bob Hawke during 1991, Mr Dutton has resigned from cabinet and go to the backbench to consider his next steps.

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Former prime minister Tony Abbott - the man knocked off in a leadership challenge by Mr Turnbull - has been the most vocal critic of the energy policy. Ousting Turnbull would be a sixth leadership change in less than 11 years.

"Scott Morrison will act as Home Affairs Minister". "My position from here will be to do what I can as a backbencher to make sure that I support the government, to make sure we are elected and can keep Bill Shorten from the Lodge".

"It's not toxic in the party room like it was under Abbott", says one MP.

Speaking outside of Parliament House in Canberra, following the vote, Turnbull urged his colleagues to show "unity". We have now moved nearly 400 people off Manus Island and Nauru and that is a significant achievement.

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"In politics you have to focus on what you can deliver", Mr Turnbull told reporters on Monday.

Gary Spence, LNP president in Queensland, urged federal MPs to replace Mr Turnbull with Mr Dutton, arguing he would do better at defending the Coalition's nine marginal seats in the state.

The vote came just a day after Turnbull said Dutton had pledged his support to the PM, and days after Dutton tweeted that Turnbull "has my support and I support the policies of the Government".

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