Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull abandons greenhouse gas target to prevent conservative revolt

Federico Mansilla
Agosto 21, 2018

Australia's prime minister on Monday abandoned plans to legislate to limit greenhouse gas emissions to head off a revolt by conservative lawmakers.

"Even with strong support in the party room, if a small number of people are not prepared to vote with the government on a measure, then it won't get passed", Turnbull told reporters.

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Conservatives in his coalition were reportedly sounding out colleagues for a possible leadership challenge before Turnbull on Monday announced the removal of emission reduction targets from the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) policy.

Mr Dutton's camp believed it could get to the 43 votes needed to oust Mr Turnbull, but the prime minister's backers says he still had majority partyroom support.

Turnbull said Dutton had told him he would not challenge for the party leadership.

According to Nine News, one of Dutton's Liberal supporters said: "We are going off a cliff under Turnbull".

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Mr Dutton could instead wait until parliament resumes in September to challenge Mr Turnbull.

He appeared to have support from Dutton at the time, who tweeted: "In relation to media stories today, just to make it very clear, the Prime Minister has my support and I support the policies of the Government".

The government has trailed the centre-left opposition Labor Party in most opinion polls since the last election in 2016. The next election is due by 2019.

The leadership talk was fueled by an Ipsos poll published in Fairfax newspapers, which showed support for Turnbull's Liberal-National coalition falling four points to 45 percent, 10 points behind opposition party Labor and enough for a crushing electoral defeat.

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.

The shift is the second dramatic policy reversal in three days.

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