After his abortive attempt to snatch the leadership of the Liberal Party, it was pretty clear that Peter Dutton's position in Malcolm Turnbull's cabinet was, shall we say, untenable.
Turnbull threw all leadership positions in the Liberal Party open early Tuesday, inviting challengers to nominate themselves for party leader.
Turnbull won the vote 48 to 35.
But Turnbull ousted Abbott as prime minister in 2015 in a leadership ballot of government lawmakers concerned by the government's poor opinion polling.
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Some of the patients are noticing that so numerous nurses providing their care are carrying children. Well, good luck to them all, and to whoever has to come up with the rota over the next few months.
But this morning it is being reported that the Home Affairs Minister was last night telling his supporters he was still undecided on challenging Mr Turnbull.
"We can win next year if we become united and stick with Mr Turnbull", Mr Pyne said.
However, those who didn't support it threatened to "cross the floor" - that is, vote against it in Parliament.
But the Prime Minister faces ongoing leadership pressure, with his authority significantly diminished by the capitulation to Tony Abbott and his band of rebel MPs.
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A senior political figure described Mr Turnbull as being in "panic mode" and "clearly rattled" about the amount of support he has lost.
While Coalition marginal seat holders have publicly supported Mr Turnbull, some privately lobbied in favour of Mr Dutton to improve the party's chances in Queensland.
Conservatives in his coalition were reportedly sounding out colleagues for a possible leadership challenge before Turnbull on Monday announced the removal of emission reduction targets from the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) policy.
Mr Abbott said: 'It's no way to run a government, making absolute commitments on Tuesday and breaking them on Friday'.
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That was a relief. "We'll continue to think of him and pray for him, his family, his fiancée, all that they have to deal with". He also closed to within just 29 points of New Zealand's Scott Dixon , who leads the championship points race with 530 points.
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".