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  1. Justis

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    The momentum is building, there is no turning back now. Abbott's Time as PM is about to end.

    A backbench revolt in the Liberal Party could unseat the Prime Minister within a week.
    Three MPs last night publicly disavowed their leader in what appears to be a chaotic but coordinated campaign to force a spill in the party when it meets on Tuesday.
    The organic insurrection is not being encouraged, nor discouraged, by the only credible leadership aspirants, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
    West Australian MP Dennis Jensen was first to break ranks, telling the ABC he had informed Mr Abbott that he no longer enjoyed his support.
    Dr Jensen said the Prime Minister should be replaced as soon as possible because the Coalition was "not governing as we should be".
    "There is no strategic direction, the policy is not consistent and coherent," Dr Jensen said.
    He was quickly joined by Queensland backbencher Warren Entsch, who said he would seek a "resolution" to the issue at the next partyroom meeting.
    "This speculation has to stop and we need to have a situation where there's a whole-of-government approach," he said.
    "It's about leadership, it's certainly about leadership."
    Fellow Queenslander Mal Brough said he could not offer the Prime Minister "unequivocal" support and agreed the party should resolve the matter swiftly.
    The ABC has spoken to other MPs who back the revolt. They claim there is a large group prepared to support a spill motion.
    One believed it was "a substantial majority". That is dismissed by senior ministers.

    Strategists worried about impact on NSW election campaign

    Party officials across the eastern seaboard have told the ABC that MPs' concerns are being driven by the dire feedback they are getting from the grassroots.
    MPs from South Australia and Western Australia say the ill feeling towards the Prime Minister is shared by party members in their states.
    "I don't think that Tony appreciates that support in the membership [for him] has collapsed across the country," one Victorian said.

    With the New South Wales election is less than eight weeks away, campaign strategists for Premier Mike Baird are worried about how they will handle the Prime Minister in the wake of the catastrophic result in Queensland.
    "You can tell the Prime Minister not to campaign in Queensland and you can tell him not to campaign in Victoria, how do you tell him not to go home?" an official said.
    It is understood Trade Minister Andrew Robb is in conversations with colleagues about how to settle on a consensus candidate without a bloody party room brawl.
    Other "wise heads" are cautioning their colleagues against rushing headlong into a change which might not solve anything.
    However, the rebel MPs are convinced that the public feeling against the Prime Minister is personal and visceral and the shape of any new team matters less than getting rid of Mr Abbott.

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