Peter Dutton resigns from front bench after failed leadership challenge

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"I made a decision not because I had any animosity towards Malcolm Turnbull, I made a decision to contest this ballot because I want to make sure we can keep Bill Shorten from ever being Prime Minister of this country", he said.

Frydenbeg said Cabinet ministers on Monday night expressed their support for Turnbull, including Dutton, who was a staunch ally of Abbott.

Dutton immediately resigned from the home affairs super ministry, moving to the backbench where he will not be constrained by cabinet solidarity which has seen him lock in reluctantly behind Turnbull's position on the national energy guarantee and tax cuts for big business.

Turnbull, after days of mounting pressure, declared the leadership positions of the party open on Tuesday morning, throwing down the gauntlet to a potential challenge. But when Hockey refused to oppose a carbon emissions trading scheme, Abbott stood at the December 1 ballot and defeated Turnbull by one vote.

Tony Abbott will say something.

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The prime minister won the vote 48-35, Liberal Party whip Nola Marino told reporters.

This was an inevitable outcome from Dutton and now means he can now lay out his own policy vision and build support for a second push at the leadership.

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. It means a Cabinet reshuffle is now an nearly certainty.

Malcolm Turnbull's future has already been decided. Malcolm Turnbull took over in 2008 for his first iteration as Liberal leader.

Mr Dutton thanked the back-bench colleagues who backed his leadership challenge, and defended his controversial record as Home Affairs Minister. And then another challenge looms. As with Julia Gillard in 2012, it worked - but won't save him.

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