Peter Dutton launches challenge against Malcolm Turnbull for the prime ministership

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull abandons greenhouse gas target

Mr Turnbull said yesterday company tax cuts remained on the parliamentary agenda, but there were reports he meant to put a plan to ditch the policy to last night's meeting.

It comes after former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce suggested Turnbull should reconsider his ability to lead the Coalition to victory before the next federal election.

In the Liberal Party room meeting that began a short while ago, Turnbull has declared the leadership of the Liberal Party vacant.

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.

Mr Turnbull said he retained the support of party colleagues, including Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton - who is reported by Australian media outlets to be considering a leadership challenge.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the backflip showed his successor was willing to abandon his core beliefs. Climate groups anxious that the National Energy Guarantee would not do enough to combat climate change.

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Some of that money has already been paid and could be hard to recoup. "We are now trying to deal with bigger 'ah long' ", he said. However, Dr Mahathir has vowed to discuss the "unfair" deals on his visit.

About 10 coalition MPs have expressed concern the government's commitment to its Paris emissions-cut target is being prioritised ahead of cutting power prices. But when Hockey refused to oppose a carbon emissions trading scheme, Abbott stood at the December 1 ballot and defeated Turnbull by one vote.

'I think this stability in our government has helped key outcomes like the strong performance we had on jobs'.

"For the prime minister just to trot out, you know, at a press conference, and say 'here we go, here's my latest thought bubble, ' is not really how good policy is designed".

Do you think Dutton should challenge Turnbull for leadership?

Turnbull made the announcement Monday, telling reporters that the National Energy Guarantee, a policy bill outlining the targets, would not be introduced in the House of Representatives, citing a lack of support, according to The New York Times.

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