Turnbull remains Liberal leader, holding off challenge from Peter Dutton

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra Monday

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.

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

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she did not believe the government's policy flip-flopping over the past week had done it any damage.

Following increasing speculation of a leadership spill involving Peter Dutton, reports emerged on Monday that Mr Spence had been calling on MPs to drop their support for Mr Turnbull in favour of Mr Dutton.

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

"I'm certain he is telling the truth", he told the Nine Network.

Just seven of his Liberal Party colleagues would need to switch to end what is now an unviable leadership internally and by virtue of that, a dishonest product to be put before the electoral market place.

"I think people would be horrified if the government changed leader again".

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The Home Affairs Minister confirmed will face off against the prime minister in a leadership spill.

Small Business Minister Craig Laundy warns that would go down like a lead balloon.

Australia has gone through an extraordinary period of political instability since Prime Minister John Howard lost power in 2007 after more than 11 years in office.

Mr Abbott said: 'It's no way to run a government, making absolute commitments on Tuesday and breaking them on Friday'.

Mr Dutton was the only challenger for the leadership.

Adding to the prime minister's woes have been a string of poor poll results.

It took two unsuccessful challenges for Kevin Rudd to re-take the prime ministership from Julia Gillard in February 2012 and March 2013, before Rudd finally won in June 2013. He later returned the favour and stormed back to power in 2013 shortly before losing the election to Tony Abbott's Liberal/National coalition.

"I think that would be a good thing for the nation, because something has to change, this is chaos in the parliament at the moment", Mr Albanese told Sky News.

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