Australian prime minister abandons climate change targets

Mindy Sparks
August 21, 2018

Treasurer Scott Morrison will act as Home Affairs Minister.

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

Mr Dutton started talking about his "lighter side" immediately after resigning from cabinet, and said his public portrayal as a hard man came with the immigration job.

The leadership crisis followed Turnbull's Monday capitulation to the Coalition rebels over energy policy. Turnbull ruled out any retribution against ministers suspected of supporting Dutton and said he had invited Dutton to remain in the senior security portfolio.

"[Foreign Minister] Julie Bishop was the one person who nominated for that role and she's the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party".

Dutton also watered down speculation of a challenge. Ousting Turnbull would have been the sixth leadership change since then.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces his retreat on energy policy. I will work every day to make sure that the Coalition is elected at the next election and I want to make sure that I support the prime minister and make sure that we support the policies of the government because ultimately I never ever want to see Bill Shorten as prime minister of this country because it would be a disaster.


Asked what Mr Turnbull said after winning, Ms Marino replied the prime minister "thanked his colleagues for their support and will get on with the business now of governing in the interests of all Australians".

Frontbenchers Angus Taylor, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Zed Seslja, James McGrath, Michael Keenan, Michael Sukkar, and Steve Ciobo all tendered resignations to the PM on Tuesday evening after not backing him in the vote. But he must return to the polls by May next year and could break the impasse by calling an early election.

Nick Economou, a political analyst at Monash University in Melbourne, believes lawmakers are abandoning Turnbull because they fear he will lead them to a crushing defeat in the elections.

"Australians can not reasonably be asked to put their trust in Turnbull at the next election if he can not even claim that from close to half of his own colleagues", Kenny wrote.

Had just seven votes gone the other way, he would have lost office, and so the talk in Canberra has been when, not if, a second challenge would come.

But former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who was replaced by Mr. Turnbull in a ballot of government lawmakers in 2015, was not convinced that Mr. Turnbull had given up on reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 26 % below 2005 levels through legislation.

Polling and growing dissatisfaction with Turnbull's fractured centre-right government, led by his Liberal Party, suggest all Labor has to do before the next election, which could be as soon as next month or as late as May, is avoid shooting themselves in the foot.

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