Ooops, did Peter Dutton do it again? This time last week the Immigration Minister set tongues wagging when he appeared to confirm that Malcolm Turnbull could suffer “death by Newspoll”, just as his predecessor did.

Yet by the weekend, the stumble-prone cabinet minister had crab-walked away from those comments. Was this a case of over-reach by the PM-presumptive or just another one of the former plod’s brain farts?

Thanks to the Abbott camp and their media enablers, Dutton has become the conservatives’ overnight sensation. He is now apparently considered by both the commentariat and serious political journalists, perhaps even the man himself, as a contender for the Liberal leadership.