Turnbull remains Liberal leader, holding off challenge from Peter Dutton

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Mr Turnbull's original energy policy, which was trying to deliver cheaper energy, more reliability and lower emissions, enjoyed broad support - even in his party room.

Energy bills rose by up to six times the average wage rise previous year according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Peter Dutton to challenge Malcolm Turnbull.

Mr Turnbull asked Mr Dutton to stay on in Cabinet, but it's understood he told him it would be untenable.

Speculation of a possible leadership challenge for Malcolm Turnbull's Liberal spot has been flying, with Peter Dutton rumoured to be involved in a spill.

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

Nearly half the party doesn't support him and don't want him as prime minister. But deep discontent has been brewing for a while, with Turnbull's critics unhappy with him on a range of fronts, and the Coalition losing 38 consecutive Newspolls.

But Treasurer Scott Morrison said was "fully supportive" of the Prime Minister.

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'I think this stability in our government has helped key outcomes like the strong performance we had on jobs'.

The fall-out has put Mr Turnbull's leadership under pressure as a block of conservative MPs - led by former prime minister Tony Abbott - openly question the government's direction.

Mr Turnbull's risky move may have backfired as it exposes the weakness of his position and the size of the split between the two factions of the Liberal Party.

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.

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

35 Liberal MPs - a significant chunk - voted for Peter Dutton in a surprise vote Turnbull called.

A successful challenge to Turnbull's prime ministership would have been the fifth change in national leadership since 2009, with no prime minister seeing out a full term in office since 2007.

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