Malcolm Turnbull has beaten Peter Dutton 48-35 in a snap Liberal leadership spill.
The Prime Minister forced his rival to show his hand by declaring all leadership positions vacant as soon as the party room meeting started this morning.
Mr Turnbull won the vote and his deputy Julie Bishop was the only candidate for her role.
But the result is so narrow it is set to create ongoing problems for the Government.
Mr Dutton has now resigned from the frontbench creating a big gap in Cabinet that Mr Turnbull will have to fill.
However the ABC understands that despite Mr Dutton challenging him for the leadership, Mr Turnbull later offered that his rival could stay on in the Home Affairs ministry.
Politics in Australia is all about winning the next election, however, if a leader does not have the whole backing of his party the party can change leaders. This creates a reasonable stable political environment for the country. From an outsiders view this may seem chaotic, but it is better than other systems where they find themselves with a leader whom cannot be controlled by the party who elected him.
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I was born and raised in Western Australia. Before I retired I was an aged care Advocate
I as many people on the age pension, I have trouble paying the bills. There are those who complain about the lack of money, and there are those who try to improve their lot by being creative with their time to produce something that may make enough money to pay the bills.
I am retired but always seek new ways to engage my mind so I decided to write a book. I have spent a lot of time writing academic papers, have several degrees finishing with masters in theology. However, psychology had always been of interest to me as I like to learn what makes people tick. But I have never done any creative writing. I have found this an interesting if not scary experience. Writing a book was one thing getting it published is another. It is a whole world I know little about, but I am learning. Having a book published is a big thing for me because of my background. I have published my books through Xlibris, There already has been a lot of interest in my books.
My early life was shaped by several factors.
I have a very retentive memory and once I have read something I can usually remember it. This was a problem when I was younger as I remembered my reading. Everyone thought I was a good reader where in fact I could not read. I became ill and had to be home schooled. My teacher one day noticed that my eyes were not following the words and realized I could not read them. She tried Dick and Dora books, but I thought that was an insult to my intelligence and would not do it. Frustrated she asked what I would read, and I told her I had a book that my mother had thrown out and wanted to know it. It was the collective works of William Shakespeare thus the first thing I read at 9 years was Macbeth. This started a love of learning both formal and informal that I have kept up all my life.
I am also dyslectic, although I read a lot and have overcome most parts I still don’t like to read out loud as my eyes can miss a line. I believe this means, that for many people who think they can’t, I can prove that it is possible to reach a high standard of education even if there are some barriers. “If you think you can’t-you can’t; but if you think you can then you can.”
I have a strong sense of family, and I love each person in my family and will do all I can to help them. I am basically a sole parent as I am raising my granddaughter and we have many happy hours talking as she talks with her right brain and I listen with my left brain. We have a mad cat called whiskers who seems to think it is ok to bite me for some unknown reason. And fish in a rather big pond in the back yard.
As a counsellor and advocate, I have learned to listen carefully to people say, and I perceive it as one of my skills. My reading covers a wide area of history, realign and politics. I also like to read science fiction from time to time.
I love Facebook as a way of keeping up with friends and family. I also like to do art and when I am not writing I paint.
My first novel ‘Pathways in the mind’ is a psychological thriller. Although it is a novel, it is based on fact. It examines one person's world view after a traumatic event that causes Retro Amnesia. Although the novel is a story, it is based on fact.
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