Rumors are snowballing online that Defense Minister Peter Dutton may try to defeat Scott Morrison as a Liberal leader ahead of the next election.
Dutton gave a media blitz last week, talked to several media outlets about concerns about China’s threat, and gave an enthusiastic speech at the National Press Club on Friday.
Labor Senator Penny Wong has declared that Mr. Dutton has officially “audited” the role of the prime minister, taking the opportunity to fuel the fire more about possible leadership spills.
“Today, Peter Dutton auditioned for Scott Morrison’s work,” Senator Wong wrote on Twitter.
“If Morrison looks over his shoulder, he can expect even more desperate political tactics in the future.”
The hashtag #libspill has won thousands of hits on Twitter since the beginning of the week.
Some have used Facebook to create a meme where Dutton jokes that he wants to stab Morrison from behind.
But when asked on Friday, Mr. Dutton joked that he remained silent about the rumors and did not seek to take over the prime minister for another 28 years.
“Have you ever said that you still have ambitions as a party leader?” Asked a reporter.
“I haven’t stated this, but when the Morrison administration ended and the Prime Minister retired in 2049, I suggested that if the party deems it appropriate, I would be available as a young man. “Mr. Dutton said.
“So ask me again around 2048, and you’ll see how we’re going.”
Dutton lost 45 to 40 leadership votes to Morrison in 2018.
Resurrected speculation about the future of Liberal Party leadership occurs when Morrison struggles to regain his former popularity with Australian voters.
Morrison’s popularity as prime minister is ahead of Labor leader Anthony Albanese, but the latest news poles show that the coalition is chasing Labor by 47 to 53 percent.
If this result is emulated in an election, Morrison will suffer a great loss.
Elections are scheduled between January and May 2022, and Australians are preparing for tense political competition.
Peter Dutton was able to challenge Scott Morrison for Liberal leadership
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