Turnbull government collapses, gaggle of ministers resign

Turnbull government collapses, gaggle of ministers resign

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, left, resigned today while Treasurer Scott Morrison, right, will have a go at the leadership in the event of a spill for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Assistant ministers Michael Sukkar and Zed Seselja have refused the prime minister's offer to remain on in their positions, throwing their weight behind Mr Dutton ahead of a second leadership challenge.

Opposition MPs claimed that Dutton's family's ownership of two child-care centers that received public funding breached a constitutional ban on lawmakers having a pecuniary interest in an agreement with the public service.

And in a public exchange, Mr Turnbull, who did not hear Trade Minister Steven Ciobo when he said he supported the PM's leadership, turned to the Queensland MP and demanded he do.

"These are momentous times and it's important that people are accountable for what they're doing".

"This is my leader and I'm ambitious for him", Mr Morrison said, giving Mr Turnbull a hug.

Supporters of Peter Dutton began a second strike against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with a petition calling for a fresh party room meeting circulating Parliament House this evening.

Mr Turnbull insisted the vote on Tuesday should settle the matter.

Furious opposition lawmakers argued against the motion to adjourn the House of Representatives until September 10.

"In the case of Mr Dutton, I think he'll have to establish that he is eligible to sit in the Parliament".

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"There will be no question time today because they don't know who their ministers are, there will be no question time today because they don't know who their prime minister is".

Reports followed that a petition to call a leadership spill was making its way through MPs' offices, but Julie Bishop was quick to deny any knowledge of an imminent party room meeting.

"The cabinet ministers - apart from Peter Dutton - of course, who came to me and told me that they had voted for Mr Dutton in the leadership ballot have given me unequivocal assurances of continuing loyalty and support", he said.

Mr Cosgrove is British Queen Elizabeth's representative in Australia and would need to be on hand to swear in a new prime minister if Mr Turnbull was ousted, or to accept Mr Turnbull's request to dissolve Parliament if he decides to call an early election.

"If I believe the majority of colleagues support me then I will consider my position", he said.

However, Dutton told Turnbull it was clear he had now lost the support from a majority of party members.

A decision on this is expected to be made prior to noon on Friday - prior to a planned Liberal party meeting on the spill.

"I can not underline too much how important it is that anyone who seeks to be prime minister of Australia is eligible to be a member of parliament". They have all been thrown out of power by their own parties amid poor opinion polling in a trend of political instability that divides parties and angers voters.

The unrest is the latest chapter in a turbulent decade for Australian politics, with no leader managing to serve out a full term since John Howard lost the 2007 election.