Liberals adopt new rule to stop the revolving prime ministership

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A Liberal prime minister will not be able to be deposed without two-thirds of the federal party room backing the change under new rules created to end the revolving door of political leaders.

Senator Cormann says former Labor leader Kim Beazley was "way more electable" in 2001 than Mr Shorten, but he ended up snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

"They're sick of it and we're sick of it and it has to stop, and that's why we've put this rule in place".

Moderate-aligned members of the NSW Liberal Party's executive committee have reportedly chose to abstain from a vote on using emergency powers to guarantee Mr Kelly's position.

Mr Morrison said such a majority is rarely, if ever, achieved in leadership contests.

Ministers are understood to have initially backed increasing the threshold to 75 per cent.

It follows calls from Liberal MP John Alexander and former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd to change the rules following the ousting of Malcolm Turnbull.

Scott Morrison has announced a major change in Liberal party rules to ensure a prime minister who wins an election serves the full term, unless two thirds of the party decides otherwise.

Morrison said the change was carried by consensus.

A senior NSW minister insists he's undistracted by talk of an early federal election after Malcolm Turnbull said he was concerned waiting until May would hurt the "outstanding" Berejiklian government.

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Another NSW upper house Liberal MP, Peter Phelps, in October said the best thing the Morrison government could do was go to an early poll to help state colleagues. "We acknowledge it and we take responsibility for it", Mr Morrison said.

The plan for an early Federal election was hatched before a string of bad poll results, including the by-election for Mr Turnbull's seat of Wentworth and the recent Victorian State election, which has sent shock-waves through the Federal Liberal Party.

The former prime minister said a preselection vote should go ahead, and Mr Kelly should not be protected for allegedly threatening to move to the crossbench if his position is not guaranteed.

Tonight, Mr Morrison said he had directly discussed the process with Mr Howard.

They believe his ongoing interventions are further risking the Liberals' fortunes at both federal and state elections.

After surviving the test of his authority, Mr Morrison told Parliament that the Government was united in its fight against the ALP.

The Liberal party was "willingly and enthusiastically putting this constraint to return the power of these decisions about who is prime minister in this country to the Australian people".

Mr Kelly, a vocal conservative, was facing a preselection challenge from moderates in the federal seat of Hughes.

Earlier, Mr Turnbull did not deny telling state executive members that Mr Morrison is "just trying to keep his arse in (prime ministerial limousine) C1".

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