Tonight in Canberra the Liberal Party voted on who will be their leader and subsequently Prime Minister of Australia. Throughout the afternoon today their have been press conferences from the two major candidates for the leadership, current incumbent and Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Criticism from the opposition came momentarily after the press conferences.
In the shadows of this leadership challenge is the Canning By-election, which is being seen by the major parties as a micro referendum on the current government.
As of about 10:50pm AEST the Ballot of the challenge was released by the Whips of the government, with Malcolm Turnbull winning the leadership by 54 votes to Tony Abbot’s 44 votes. Julie Bishop continues her role as deputy leader of the party winning 70 votes to Kevin Andrews 30 votes.