The uncertainty of the leadership of the liberals comes the third day after a tragic night of failed provocations to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
MPs attached to contender Peter Dutton tried to launch a petition that forced the prime minister to a late nightdown.
It was a fizzer that only a few liberals could bump into.
But MPs expect a second acquaintance with the leadership, after the Tuesday won by Mr. Turnbull, some time today.
Meanwhile, there are serious questions about whether Mr. Dutton, the former Minister of the Interior, can sit in Parliament, let alone become prime minister.
Labor has put forward a position of Brett Walker SC that Mr Dutton is not eligible to sit in Parliament because he has broken part of the Constitution.
The specific part of S44 prevents MEPs from having a direct or indirect monetary interest in connection with a Commonwealth official.
Mr. Dutton's wife has childcare and benefits from Commonwealth grants. Mr. Dutton said that his own legal advice is that there has been no violation.
But Attorney General Christian Porter has referred the matter to the Advocate General.
Mr Dutton's petition requires 43 signatures to force the Prime Minister to organize a party meeting, but Mr Turnbull may decide that he has no choice with his position in such doubt.
If Prime Minister does not immediately call an offense, this can not happen for two weeks, while the Parliament broke fourteen days.
But it is not clear how many signatures Mr. Dutton managed to obtain. Liberal MP and Turnbull supporter Jane Prentice said that about nine politicians had signed the letter. Only three Liberals told the ABC that they had done this.
NIGHT OF TURMOIL
The prime minister's future is in balance, but he remained stoic on a night of unbridled rumors and intrigue, in which the much-discussed petition did not come forward and forced a liberal leading voice.
An angry senior Turnbull supporter told Daily telegram Mr Dutton's side had spread "lying propaganda" in an effort to put pressure on their fellow workers, including rumors that Prime Minister Mathias Cormann had been turned around.
Mr. Dutton has made it clear that he still wants a pivot today, after he has lost the first with a small margin of 48-35 votes and has resigned from his role as Minister of Home Affairs.
The backbencher revealed yesterday that he was "editing the phones" to win the first ministership.
His letter was distributed among the members of parliament at 6.30 pm yesterday, but at 8 pm a spokesperson for the government's main whip, Nola Marino, closed the possibility for a party night gathering.
Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove would leave Canberra The Australian was told that he decided it was best to stay "in this time" in the capital.
Ten ministers supported Mr Dutton in the vote that was offered to resign on Tuesday, but Mr Turnbull only accepted that of Mr Dutton and the former Minister of International Development Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
Assistant to Prime Minister James McGrath went to the Prime Minister last night and insisted that Mr. Turnbull accept his resignation.
"The people who have been counting on us all their lives are counting on us to take care of them and their families are now questioning our commitment to them," the Queensland senator said in his letter of resignation. "Our people feel forgotten, ignored and spoken, and as Liberal Senator of the National Party for Queensland, this is an unbearable situation.
"As Peter Dutton has said, we must make every effort to prevent Bill Short from ever becoming prime minister.
Three years ago, Mr. McGrath was instrumental in helping Mr. Turnbull replace Tony Abbott as prime minister.
If more ministers follow suit by demanding that he resign, Mr. Turnbull will remain in a state of nightmares.
The list of those who offered to deal with cabinet ministers Greg Hunt, Michael Keenan and Steve Ciobo threatened the prime minister's ability to govern.
GREAT PROBLEM OF DUTTON
While Mr. Dutton is fighting to prove his leadership skills, Labor has cast a spanner in claiming that he has violated the Constitution and is ineligible.
His wife Kirilly owns and operates two nurseries, owned by RHT Family Trust, of which the family are all beneficiaries, according to ASIC documents.
The company receives Commonwealth grants as part of the government's childcare reforms, which entered into force on 2 July. It has received $ 5.6 million in discounts paid by taxpayers over the past eight years. The Australian, which are passed on to families.
This could mean that Mr. Dutton has a direct or indirect financial interest in the Commonwealth public service. has, or a case of an office of profit under the Crown, which would lead to a disqualification from Parliament.
There is no evidence that he has broken the Constitution on these grounds, and Mr. Dutton has legal advice on his business affairs. But Labor has also sought advice and says there is a problem.
In a letter from Claire Bickers, journalist from News Corp. Australia, Shadow Advocate General Mark Dreyfus wrote to Attorney General Christian Porter, referring to the advice of Barrister Bret Walker in which he declared Mr. Dutton inadmissible.
"Mr Dutton was not able to be elected to the 45th Parliament and has no right to remain", the advice says.
Mr Porter said in a statement last night that he had asked questions about Mr Dutton's suitability to sit in Parliament with the Advocate General.
TURNBULL COMES FOR SURVIVORS
The prime minister told the parliament yesterday that he had not seen the legal advice and did not have all the facts.
"The Dickson member advised me that he is not violating Section 44 and I have no reason to believe that he is," said Mr. Turnbull.
"As far as the solicitor-general is concerned, the issue has only recently arisen and we are not in possession of all the facts regarding the arrangements between childcare and the member for Dickson's trust."
Labor asked if Mr. Dutton had apologized during the consultations on the changes in the childcare of the cabinet, as he had done in previous governments, and Mr. Turnbull said he would report after he had sought advice from the cabinet secretary.
Mr. Dutton's supporters reacted furiously, told an old-conservative member of parliament The Australian: "It is unbelievable that he would threaten the majority of the government trying to save his leadership.
"It has scared many members and senators that he would have thrown a member of his team under a bus."
The premier yesterday afternoon held a press conference, flanked by treasurer Scott Morrison and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann to admit defeat after one of their distinctive economic reforms – tax cuts for large corporations – was killed in the Senate.
The embarrassing stage performance outside the Parliament House was an uncomfortable hug from Mr. Morrison when he was asked if he could exclude any leadership ambitions. "This is my leader and I am ambitious for him," he said, putting his arm around Mr. Turnbull struck.
Supporting the couple is vital for Mr. Turnbull as he fights for survival.
Mr Cormann was under pressure last night to make a choice between the Prime Minister and Mr Dutton. The Minister of Finance reportedly told Mr Turnbull that he had lost the support of his banquet during a meeting, according to The Australian.
& # 39; A CRAZY THOUGHT BUBBLE & # 39;
However, Mr Turnbull, Mr Morrison and Mr Cormann gave cold water to the policy plans announced yesterday by Mr Dutton, in particular his attempt to scrap the GST of the energy bills, which would amount to an automatic reduction of 10%.
He also called for "record expenditure" in the areas of health, education and care for the elderly.
Mr. Morrison said that such a proposal would cost about $ 7.5 billion in four years. "That would be a budget blower, an absolute budget blower," he said. & # 39; And you can make all kinds of promises about how much money you are going to spend, but in the end you have to take it into account. & # 39;
Labor Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen called the idea a crazy thought bubble & # 39; which would deprive states of income for hospitals.
Mr Dutton's problems with both policy and popularity were emphasized yesterday when he was bravely trying to prove that he was just an everyday Australian.
Triple M & # 39; s Hot breakfast hosts asked him to describe his career history, background and upbringing in detail so that Australians could understand the "down to earth" side he often did not see.
He said he could not name his favorite AC / DC number because he said he had not slept much. Mr. Turnbull had the same reaction to Triple M last year, but instead provided a Mental as Anything song.
Some say that Julie Bishop or Mr. Morrison or even former Prime Minister Tony Abbott have a better chance of defeating Labor leader Bill Shorten in the election than Mr. Dutton.
But Ms. Bishop repeated yesterday that she "did not consider or want to investigate any of those options". She told Nine that she "focused all my energy and attention" on her job as Minister of Foreign Affairs and as a member for Curtin.
She also trivialized the possibility of Dutton leadership by saying that a number of people who voted against Mr Turnbull have reconsidered their position and did not "foresee" that it was happening.
"I believe that the prime minister has been approved by a majority of the party room … and understand that a number of people who have not voted for him have now said that they are behind him," she told ABC radio on Wednesday.
She said she was surprised that Mr. Dutton had challenged Mr Turnbull on Tuesday. "I thought that the interests of the party would be united behind a series of policies that would be delivered to the Australian people," she told the Nine Network.
"But everyone has the right to stand up if they believe that it is in the interests of the party and in the interests of the party and in the interests of the country."
She also told Sky News that Mr. Cormann had supported Mr. Turnbull after his silence afterwards led to speculations about whom he supported.
"Mathias is very busy implementing the policy of the coalition through the Senate, and I understand that he will support the Prime Minister and will continue to do so," said Mrs Bishop.