Attorney-General Christian Porter has that political star quality that Treasurer Josh Frydenberg lacks.
The Turnbull government has abandoned its signature company tax cut policy.
Malcolm Turnbull this morning called on his opponents to hit him with their best shot. And Peter Dutton delivered a body blow that means his prime ministership is terminal.
Tony Abbott was counting on a fifth column of conservatives within the Liberal Party to help him bring down Malcolm Turnbull. But the conservatives are closing ranks.
Tony Abbott has damaged himself still further with his latest and most brazen challenge to Malcolm Turnbull. The big winner will be Peter Dutton, who is rapidly becoming the right's choice as prime minister.
Unsurprisingly, Tony Abbott will remain in politics, and his formidable fighting skills will be directed at Malcolm Turnbull.
The Liberal leadership dynamic is now playing out at speeds never seen before, with the political-media cycle shifting repeatedly through the course of a single day.
Labor has had 16 months to define itself as something other than just "not Abbott". So far, it has come up empty.
Voters don't believe Tony Abbott will be around the lead the Coalition at the next election, today's Essential Report suggests, as the government ends the year trailing Labor.