Federal Gold Coast MPs have overwhelmingly backed Peter Dutton over Malcolm Turnbull in a dramatic day in Canberra.
Malcolm Turnbull decided to bring the leadership issue to a head at a meeting of Liberal MPs this morning with Peter Dutton opting to put his hand up for the top job.
Mr Turnbull narrowly survived the ballot 48 votes to 35 keeping him in the top job for now.
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But experts predict it is only a matter of time before another challenge is launched.
Sky News has released a list of the 35 Liberal MPs it says backed Mr Dutton’s push for the leadership.
Trade Minister and Member for Moncrieff Steven Ciobo is among a number of cabinet ministers who backed Mr Dutton.
His position may now come under threat with the Prime Minister set to reshuffle his frontbench in coming days in the wake of Mr Dutton’s resignation as Home Affairs Minister.
MP for McPherson Karen Andrews is also listed as voting for Peter Dutton along with Member for Forde Bert van Manen and Wright MP Scott Buccholz.
MP for Fadden Stuart Robert would not confirm to myGC.com.au who he backed but Fairfax reports he voted for Malcolm Turnbull.
The high number of Coast MPs backing Mr Dutton highlights concerns within the LNP about the party’s chances in Queensland at the next Federal election.
Mr Robert conceded the leadership dramas are causing damage in Queensland.
“Yeah of course it is, anytime you focus on yourselves it does damage and we need to get back to demonstrating to Queenslanders that it’s all about them,” Mr Robert told myGC.com.au
“Our primary vote is low, and we need to get it up to 40% and we can only do that by demonstrating that.”
Mr Robert admits this is probably not the end of the leadership turmoil and another challenge is possible.
“History would tend to suggest that any leadership challenge goes in two’s, that tends to be a history back to the Hawke-Keating days so there might be a little bit of uncertainty.”
MyGC.com.au sought comment from the offices of Mr Ciobo, Ms Andrews and Mr van Manen but did not receive a reply.