Who are newspapers backing in Dutton v Turnbull leadership spill?

Scott Morrison

Mr Dutton was seen at a Canberra restaurant last night working the phones with, among others, former finance minister Mathias Cormann - a Turnbull loyalist until he tapped Malcolm Turnbull on the shoulder, effectively ending his prime ministership.

MALCOLM Turnbull is still prime minister for now, but Peter Dutton, Julie Bishop and Scott Morrison are preparing to fight it out if a Liberal leadership challenge is called.

Deputy leader of the Liberal Party Julie Bishop has now reportedly also thrown her hat into the ring to contest the party leadership, joining Peter Dutton and (probably) Scott Morrison as would-be Prime Ministers.

Three of his senior ministers this morning announced they had tendered their resignations and called for another leadership vote.

Turnbull said if he received the letter requesting a fresh vote, he would call a party meeting for midday on Friday (9am, Bangkok).

"I was wanting to continue to support Malcolm Turnbull for years to come as leader of the Liberal Party".

They will culminate in a partyroom ballot today that will end the prime ministership of Mr Turnbull, continuing the cycle of disposing of prime ministers that has become part of the political landscape for a decade.

"And that it was in the best interests of the Liberal Party to help manage an orderly transition to a new leader".

"It's been described by many people, including those who feel they can not resist it, as a form of madness".

Another Turnbull supporter, Darren Chester, apologised to voters and said they "deserve better than numerous things our Federal Parliament has served up in the past 10 years".

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In response, Dutton wrote a message Wednesday that begged Australian social media users to look at his photo before sending him messages.

"As such, I asked him to convene a meeting of the Liberal Party at which I would challenge for the leadership of the parliamentary Liberal Party".

The opposition narrowly lost a vote in Parliament that would have sent Dutton to court to determine whether he is eligible to be a prime minister.

"If I believe the majority of colleagues support me then I will consider my position", he said.

Plans of a second spill began nearly immediately, with early predictions showing it might have even happened on the same day, but Dutton held off as a string of front bench ministers began handing in their resignations. "A lot of things I thought I'd only ever see again in history books have awakened in our present day since the Trump transition", he said.

"I'm speaking to colleagues", Dutton reportedly told 3AW Radio of the possibility of mounting a new challenge to Turnbull.

But it played into the momentum that any effort to bring down a prime minister needs. The movement has been led by the hardline conservative Peter Dutton, 47.

The question comes down to whether Mr Dutton's stake in a trustee company that operates two childcare centres constitutes a conflict of interest, given the centres receive subsidies that were legislated by the Turnbull government.

"No government in living memory has dissembled so much that they decided the Parliament couldn't meet", opposition lawmaker Tony Burke told Parliament before the motion passed.

Dutton was ultimately unsuccessful in the first instance, but the fact he only lost by a small margin 48-35 was considered by many as a fatal wound for Turnbull.

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