Federal Liberals change leadership rules

  • Federal Liberals change leadership rules

Federal Liberals change leadership rules

"Australians have the very reasonable expectation that when they elect a government, when they elect a prime minister, they should be the ones to determine if the prime minister is not to continue", Mr Morrison said.

Morrison described the rule change as historic and the biggest in the 74 years of the party's history.

"And they're sick of it.and it has to stop".

Moderate-aligned members of the NSW Liberal Party's executive committee have reportedly chose to abstain from a vote on using emergency powers to guarantee Mr Kelly's position.

"The proposition that I am responsible for the government's electoral woes is absurd", he said.

Ministers are understood to have initially backed increasing the threshold to 75 per cent.

The main opposition Labor party also played musical chairs with their PMs when they were in power, with Julia Gillard replacing Kevin Rudd in 2010 as leader before he kicked her out and returned to power ahead of the 2013 election.

The Liberal party has moved to disrupt the cycle of leadership instability by resolving that sitting prime ministers can in future only be removed by a two-thirds party room majority.

Liberal senator Linda Reynolds said she called for a similar change the day after the August spill and her colleagues had been discussing options for months.

Sydney Liberal MP Craig Kelly is expected to be saved from a federal preselection battle, despite an extraordinary intervention from former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

But that can hardly be an excuse for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to read a crib sheet about Mr Morrison when they sat down for their first meeting at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires last weekend.

"The only thing that is going to resolve this is going to the people and calling an election, to be honest".

Mr Turnbull argued party members in the seat of Hughes should be given the chance to have their say.

The plan for an early Federal election was hatched before a string of awful poll results, including the by-election for Mr Turnbull's seat of Wentworth and the recent Victorian State election, which has sent shock-waves through the Federal Liberal Party.

The peace deal comes after Mr Kelly effectively threatened to bring down the federal government by defecting to the crossbench.

Tonight, Mr Morrison said he had directly discussed the process with Mr Howard.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has fired off a warning to any Labor MPs pencilling in a federal election win.

Immediately after Mr Turnbull's knifing, Mr Rudd called for the Liberal Party to follow Labor.

After surviving the test of his authority, Mr Morrison told Parliament that the Government was united in its fight against the ALP.

Mr Morrison said his party had listened to the Australian people and that they "understand their frustration and disappointment".