IT'S ON! ... OR IS IT?

The Australian ($) reports that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton could launch a leadership challenge as early as this morning, as his supporters urge him to “strike immediately”. Liberal MPs who spoke to the Oz told the paper a significant number of cabinet ministers and members of the outer ministry were ready to support Dutton should a leadership challenge arise. The Daily Telegraph ($) reports that Dutton told his supports last night he might wait until mid-September to challenge PM Malcolm Turnbull, so he can garner further support.

In related news, Queensland Liberal MPs have told the Herald Sun ($) they were urged by party president Gary Spence “to topple Mr Turnbull in favour of Mr Dutton”.


The Age reports that independent schools are backing away from a “controversial plan” by the government that would determine private schools’ level of government funding by the income tax paid by the school’s parents. The proposal could potentially have helped mend the government’s “poisonous relationship” with the Catholic sector, but instead could become another policy “headache”.