Dutton shoots down leadership chatter

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Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has shot down reports that he is considering taking a tilt at the coalition leadership.

Speculation is rife that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is in trouble amid internal divisions over energy policy and following a radio interview where Mr Dutton said further disagreements could lead to his resignation from cabinet.

“In relation to media stories today, just to make very clear, the Prime Minister has my support and I support the policies of the Government. My position hasn’t changed from my comments last Thursday,” Mr Dutton tweeted on Saturday.

His assurances did not go far in quelling speculation.

“When Peter Dutton is prime minister, it’s good to know we’ll have a Labor opposition who will continue to swiftly pass his refugee and law & order bills through Parliament,” Greens MP Adam Bandt tweeted in response.

© AAP 2018

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