People are tweeting #putoutyourpotatoes after Peter Dutton's leadership tilt

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Hey! It must be a Tuesday, because Australia has just gone through another incredibly damaging leadership spill, this time with the potato-headed lord of the gulags Peter Dutton having a go at unseating old moneybags himself, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will recontest his position.

Julie Bishop reclaimed her position as deputy leader after running unopposed for her role. "Now there's a call for nominations".

While several backers of Mr Dutton have admitted to a "wait and see approach", nine cabinet ministers were ready to get behind the Home Affairs Minister - half of cabinet's 18 Liberals, The Australian reported.

"Peter Dutton was at our leadership group meeting this morning and was at cabinet last night", Mr Turnbull told reporters in Canberra yesterday.

35 Liberal MPs - a significant chunk - voted for Peter Dutton in a surprise vote Turnbull called. He is now totally free to sit back there with Tony Abbott snickering to one another and kissing big lumps of coal.

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Supporters of Mr Dutton believe the required 43 votes need to topple Mr Turnbull can be found, however the prime minister appears to still believe he has the numbers.

The leadership instability continues a pattern in Australian federal politics covering almost a decade, that began with the Labor government replacing Kevin Rudd with Julia Gillard in 2010.

"In relation to media stories today, just to make very clear, the Prime Minister has my support and I support the policies of the Government", Dutton tweeted.

"Scott Morrison will act as Home Affairs Minister".

"I made a decision not because i had any animosity towards Malcolm Turnbull".

On Monday, Mr Turnbull attempted to blunt conflict within the government by abandoning plans to set an emissions reduction target in legislation.

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