Member for Barker defends decision

MEMBER for Barker Tony Pasin has defended his decision to sign a petition calling for a special party room meeting after losing confidence in the former prime minister’s ability to win the next federal election.

The Federal MP was one of 43 Liberals who signed a petition to hold a second party room meeting on Friday after a snap contest for the leadership was won by then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull against former home affairs minister Peter Dutton.

He said the close result of Tuesday’s spill motion, which saw Mr Turnbull hold on to the position by 13 votes, solidified concerns the prime minister’s position was “untenable”.

“Over 40pc of the party room had lost confidence in the prime minister’s ability

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