Coalition MP calls for ‘wrecker’ Abbott to quit as Turnbull prepares to address party room

 

Coalition MP calls for ‘wrecker’ Abbott to quit as Turnbull prepares to address party room

 

Tony Abbott is shirtfronted by his own side, with Nationals backbencher and former AFL player Damien Drum taking the former prime minister on, as leadership tensions build in the Government

Key points:

  • Mr Turnbull will today address the Coalition party room to try again to win over Mr Abbott’s so-called “coalsheviks”
  • Internal divisions over energy have become a proxy for leadership tensions in the Government
  • Supporters of Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said he commands at least 30 votes for the Liberal leadership, within striking distance of the required 43