” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull suffered a likely fatal blow to his leadership on Thursday as three key Cabinet ministers resigned and demanded he allow another ballot of party lawmakers to decide his fate.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield and Jobs Minister Michaelia Cash held a news conference to announce their resignations and demand Turnbull convene an immediate meeting. His chief rival Peter Dutton, a lightning rod for disaffection with the government’s slumping poll ratings, narrowly failed to unseat the prime minister in a vote on Tuesday and intends to challenge again.
The resignations “mean it’s game over for him and Australia will have a new leader by the end of day,” said Haydon Manning, an associate professor of politics and public policy at Flinders University. “My money would be on Dutton but you can’t rule out another candidate giving it a go.” ”