Australian ruling party hardens rules to oust leader

The Libs Have Just Voted To Make It Harder For The PM To Be Knifed

Australia conservatives move to stop revolving door of PMs

The Prime Minister said a two-thirds majority on leadership was "rarely, if ever achieved", meaning the change effectively ensures a future Liberal leader will serve a full-term in office. "Indeed it would be the worst and weakest response to such a threat", Mr Turnbull said.

The ousting of Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull sparked a decade of leadership wars within both the major parties and led to claims the revolving door prime ministership has made Australia an worldwide joke.

Morrison described the rule change as historic and the biggest in the 74 years of the party's history.

"(Labor Premier) Dan Andrews successfully convinced Victorians that they shouldn't make a change", Mr Morrison told the Herald Sun.

"I will remain the Prime Minister and will continue to serve as Prime Minister, implementing our plans for the stronger economy that Australians rely on", Mr Morrison said.

"They're sick of it and we're sick of it and it has to stop, that's why we've put this rule in place."

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After The Daily Telegraph revealed on Monday that Mr Turnbull was privately urging moderates to defy Mr Morrison's wishes, Mr Turnbull publicly doubled down on his position, saying Mr Kelly's preselection should not be saved in the interests of party democracy.

There were calls to change the Liberal Party's leadership rules in August when former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was ousted and replaced by Scott Morrison.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has instead urged his colleagues not to be spooked by the humiliating defeat in Victoria.

Senator James McGrath was forced to cut his interview with Sky News early tonight to attend the emergency meeting.

He said he had asked the party whips, Nola Marino and David Bushby, to work up a proposal.

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The remarks stunned MPs - even the ex-PM's one time supporters - who found Mr Turnbull's remarks "highly hypocritical" after he only months earlier accused other former prime ministers Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd of being "miserable ghosts" who continually disrupted politics.

The new rule, decided at a snap Liberals meeting in the capital, will apply to a Liberal leader after he or she has won an election.

Immediately after Mr Turnbull's knifing, Mr Rudd called for the Liberal Party to follow Labor.

Mr Morrison still believes he can beat Labor leader Bill Shorten.

Controversial Liberal MP Craig Kelly should face preselection for the Sydney seat of Hughes and not get re-endorsed by the NSW state executive, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says.

If the change had been introduced before the August spill, Mr Morrison would not have had enough support to replace Malcolm Turnbull, who would still be prime minister.

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"The current rules have produced long periods of stability and long periods of instability, " he said.

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