Australians will be rightly appalled by what they're witnessing in their nation's parliament today and in the course of this week. So I now await a letter with the signatures of a majority of the party room. If I receive - which is 43. If I receive that, then I will convene a new party room meeting.
The party room, of course, met on Tuesday and confirmed my leadership by majority. So we need to see that there is a majority of members and they need to put their names to it too. These are momentous times and it's important that people are accountable for what they're doing.
It's important that before the party meeting is held, we have access to the advice of the solicitor general on the eligibility of Mr Dutton to sit in the parliament. And we expect that advice to be available first thing in the morning. That's what the attorney general's advised me.
This is a very, very significant point. As we all know, section 44 has been a companion of this 45th parliament. But I cannot underline too much how important that is that anyone who seeks to be prime minister of Australia is eligible to be a member of parliament. Because a minister, let alone a prime minister, who is not eligible to sit in the house, is not capable of validly being a minister or exercising any of the powers of the minister.
In terms of my own intentions, when the party room meeting is called, I will invite a spill motion to be moved. If the motion is carried, I will treat that as a vote of no confidence and I will not stand as a candidate in the ballot.