Malcolm Turnbull tries to conduct a new round of power struggles over his energy policy, which has led to the rumble of leaders.
The prime minister gathered together his senior ministers for dinner on Sunday evening amid growing speculation that he might be in conflict with the government's national energy supply.
But his Interior Minister Peter Dutton – and the man being touted as a possible candidate for leadership – was late, reportedly because his flight was delayed.
It is understood that he missed the dinner, but arrived later in Parliament House after taking a VIP flight from Brisbane, the courier-mail reoported.
Mr. Dutton told the prime minister that he did not want to run into him, but he did not quit a challenge in a private phone, the Daily Telegraph reported on Monday.
Immigration minister Peter Dutton.
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It comes as the last Fairfax / Ipsos poll showed that the primary vote of the coalition has dropped from 39 to 33 in just a month, and Labor leads the coalition with 55 percent to 45 percent on a preference for two parties
Some conservative colleagues who are not satisfied with the NEG have started to drift to Mr. Dutton as their prime minister.
But the older liberal front-viewer, Christopher Pyne, said that Mr. Turnbull had the support of his cabinet and party room.
"There are some people who do not support the current leader, and that's pretty obvious," he told the Nine Network. "
" The vast majority of my party room is 100 percent behind Malcolm Turnbull, just like the entire cabinet. . "
The leadership chatter grew louder last week after Mr. Dutton warned during a radio interview that further disagreements could lead to his dismissal from Cabinet.
In an effort to suppress the buzzing turmoil, the prime minister took part to social media to propose a number of changes to his signature energy policy.
Mr. Turnbull has promised to keep a "stick on the door" about electricity retailers who charge too much and make it easier for electricity users to tell when they are being scammed
He has also offered to regulate Australia's commitments to reduce CO2 emissions – rather than legislation.
During the dinner on Sunday in Canberra, the prime minister expects him to abandon the tax cuts of large companies instead of fighting for them until the next election, if they are defeated in the Senate.
It remains to be seen, however, whether these changes will be enough to win restless colleagues, or whether they may have a counterproductive effect by alienating their supporters.  Mr. Turnbull tried to ward off the talk about rising numbers in the party room of the coalition.
"I am concentrating on lowering energy prices and I will leave you with all speculation," he told reporters about Sunday.
Meanwhile, the deputy leader of the subjects, Bridget McKenzie, refused to say twice if she would like to see him as prime minister before finally saying "yes" when asked for the third time.
"I think Malcolm Turnbull is our prime minister and I would like to see him stay as our prime minister, and that is actually a decision for the Liberal party," said Senator McKenzie against Sky News.