Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull is facing a leadership crisis with speculation Peter Dutton has the numbers to challenge him for the top job.
But the bill had support from lawmakers outside Turnbull's center-right Liberal Party, and it appears likely that the leader is caving to pressure from conservative members of his own party, according to the Times.
The Daily Telegraph reports Mr Dutton is still considering a challenge to Mr Turnbull at the Liberal party room meeting this morning or that he may hold off to build more support before striking next month.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ditched plans for the country to reach emissions targets aimed at combatting climate change. Dutton, the Home Affairs minister who has been urged by rebel conservative elements to stand against the Prime Minister, would reportedly challenge Turnbull himself in the partyroom, rather than have a motion to spill the leadership proposed by a backbencher.More news: How accurate is the preseason AP Top 25?
Mr Dutton is their leadership standard-bearer, with former prime minister Tony Abbott a key agitator on the backbench.
"In politics you have to focus on what you can deliver", Mr Turnbull told reporters on Monday.
Labor's Kevin Rudd became the second Australian prime minister to be dumped while in office when Julia Gillard rolled him in 2010 just before an election.
Three years later, Australia's first woman prime minister was gone when Rudd finally took his revenge after a failed 2012 coup attempt.More news: Maruti Ciaz (facelift) launched, prices start at INR 8.19 lakh
It was reported that Mr Dutton, Home Affairs Minister, did not attend the meeting. I think he probably still is.
"What we want to know is, where are this prime minister's convictions?"
While Coalition marginal seat holders have publicly supported Mr Turnbull, some privately lobbied in favour of Mr Dutton to improve the party's chances in Queensland.More news: PepsiCo to buy SodaStream for $3.2 billion