Prime Minister Scott Morrison has returned the blow to his bitter predecessor Malcolm Turnbull after he pushed him on Twitter to refer his rival of mutual leadership, Peter Dutton, to the High Court.
While Mr. Morrison wore a tuxedo at Midwinter Ball in Canberra, Mr. Turnbull interrupted his vacation in New York to demand that the constitutional eligibility of the Minister of Internal Affairs to remain in Parliament be reviewed by Australia's leading judges.
The former prime minister compared Mr. Dutton's participation in a family day-care company, which receives subsidies from taxpayers, with the former status of former Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce as a New Zealand double citizen, forcing him to resign from Parliament .
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The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has returned the blow to his bitter predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull, after pressing him on Twitter to send his rival of mutual leadership, Peter Dutton, to the High Court.
Mr. Turnbull interrupted his vacation in New York to demand that the constitutional eligibility of the Minister of Internal Affairs to remain in Parliament be tested by the leading judges of Australia.
"What I have done to Scott Morrison and other colleagues is that, given the uncertainty about the eligibility of Peter Dutton, recognized by the Attorney General, he should be referred to the High Court, as was Barnaby, to clarify the matter," Mr. Turnbull tweeted on Wednesday night.
Mr. Morrison, who dressed in black for his first and possibly last appearance at the Midwinter Ball as prime minister, expressed his displeasure on Thursday morning, while members of the federal Parliament and his advisers looked after the hangovers.
"Someone told me once in this work, all contributions should be received with gratitude, they are," he told reporters in Queanbeyan, just outside of Canberra.
"But as prime minister, I will obviously make the decisions in relation to our government in what I think is of national interest and based on the latest and most timely information that I have at my disposal.
Scott Morrison (pictured next to his wife Jenny and opposition leader Bill Shorten with his wife Chloe) has stated that he is in charge as prime minister now
Malcolm Turnbull tweeted his successor Scott Morrison telling him to recommend Peter Dutton to the Supreme Court when the Prime Minister was in Canberra Midwinter Ball in the House of Parliament
Peter Dutton's eligibility was criticized when he challenged Malcolm Turnbull to become prime minister and remains a bitter political bitterness for
"Obviously I have a lot of respect for the former prime minister, but now, as prime minister, I will make the decisions that I think are the best for the nation."
Turnbull, who is on vacation in New York before the October 20 partial election at his seat in the eastern suburbs of Wentworth, apparently remains angry with Mr. Dutton for launching a leadership challenge last month.
Very angry, in fact, he has been calling and texting liberal deputies in an attempt to have them remit Mr. Dutton's constitutional eligibility to remain in Parliament before the Superior Court.
While Mr. Morrison prevailed in a Liberal leadership vote on August 24 to become the 30th Prime Minister of Australia, it was Mr. Dutton who finally defeated Mr. Turnbull by narrowly losing a leadership challenge three days earlier. 48 votes to 35
While Mr. Dutton was preparing for a second leadership challenge, Attorney General Christian Porter referred Mr. Dutton's constitutional eligibility to the Attorney General, who acquitted him.
Scott Morrison told reporters just outside of Canberra that he would make the decisions now that he was prime minister
The issues of eligibility of the Minister of Internal Affairs surrounded two Brisbane child care centers run by Mr. Dutton's wife, Kirilly, with section 44 of the Constitution that prohibits federal politicians from holding office if they benefit from the commonwealth.
Fairfax Media revealed, before Mr. Turnbull's tweet, that a child care company operated by Mr. Dutton's family trust had received more than $ 5.6 million since 2014.
Mr. Dutton's eligibility was seized by Labor when they questioned the decision of the Minister of Internal Affairs to revoke visa decisions of immigration officials three years ago.
A motion to bring Mr. Dutton's eligibility to the Superior Court was rejected 68-69 in the House of Representatives on August 23, a day before narrowly losing to Morrison 40 votes to 45 in the vote of the Liberal leadership that Turnbull did not he challenged.
Morrison's government, which has a one-seat majority, could lose power if Mr. Dutton's eligibility were remitted to the High Court and an adverse legal outcome resulted in a partial election in his marginal seat north of Brisbane, in Dickson, that has only a 1.6 percent margin.
The new Prime Minister is already under pressure, with opinion polls showing that the Liberal Party could lose to Wentworth, with a big blow against, even though Turnbull won it in 2016 with a margin of 17.7 percent.