He said the leading conservative has "no intention of challenging Malcolm Turnbull.but if you have other information directly from the horse's mouth, then you can say so".
While several backers of Mr Dutton have admitted to a "wait and see approach", nine cabinet ministers were ready to get behind the Home Affairs Minister - half of cabinet's 18 Liberals, The Australian reported.
Supporters of Mr Dutton believe the required 43 votes need to topple Mr Turnbull can be found, however the prime minister appears to still believe he has the numbers. Australians can not reasonably be asked to put their trust in Turnbull at the next election if he can not even claim that from close to half of his own colleagues. But deep discontent has been brewing for a while, with Turnbull's critics unhappy with him on a range of fronts, and the Coalition losing 38 consecutive Newspolls.
However, those who didn't support it threatened to "cross the floor" - that is, vote against it in Parliament.
"My view is my view", he said when asked where his personal support lay.
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He had suffered a stroke in 2009, which reportedly weakened his cognitive abilities, following which he developed dementia. State Funeral for Mr Vajpayee at Smriti Sthal, New Delhi .
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Serving as prime minister briefly in 1996 then again from 1998 to 2004, Mr Vajpayee was admired even by prominent political foes. He sparked an arms race with Pakistan, but later launched peace talks and a cross-border bus service between Lahore and Delhi.
'It's become pretty clear, it's been a pretty torrid decade, ' he said.
'I think this stability in our government has helped key outcomes like the strong performance we had on jobs'.
Mr Turnbull blindsided his Home Affairs Minister when he brought on the vote after days of speculation and pressure on Mr Dutton to challenge. "We've had Rudd to Gillard, Gillard to Rudd, Rudd to Abbott, Abbott to Turnbull", he said.
The disunity came to a head on Monday when Turnbull was forced to shelve plans to embed carbon emissions targets in law after a revolt by fellow Liberal politicians. But Turnbull ousted Abbott as prime minister in 2015 in a leadership ballot of government lawmakers concerned by the government's poor opinion polling.
Turnbull made the announcement Monday, telling reporters that the National Energy Guarantee, a policy bill outlining the targets, would not be introduced in the House of Representatives, citing a lack of support, according to The New York Times.