Federal election 2016: Malcolm Turnbull faces Liberal Party revolt, by Dennis Shanahan and David Crowe.
Malcolm Turnbull is facing a partyroom revolt from Coalition colleagues who are demanding a say in what he can offer independent MPs in order to secure power, setting the first major test of his leadership in the wake of the shock election result.
Ministers and backbenchers have held talks on plans for a partyroom meeting as soon as next week to ensure they are consulted on the crossbench negotiations and are not presented with a “fait accompli” if Mr Turnbull needs to strike a deal.
Coalition MPs are ready to pay their own way to Canberra during the extended caretaker period before parliament resumes, insisting on the urgency of a full meeting to avoid crossbench agreements they would later regret.
Wow. Paying their own way. Must be serious. I paid my own way to Canberra to help Senator Fielding meet the then Environment Minister Penny Wong on global warming.