Scott Morrison planned his assault on the Liberal Party leadership for months, according to senior cabinet sources.
The story of how he replaced Malcolm Turnbull is one of ambition, doublecrossing and outfoxing, with Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton as an unwitting stooge.
Last week, while positioning himself as a compromise candidate, Morrison and his supporters played off Dutton and Turnbull against each other. Only now have their key supporters realised what happened.
They believe both contenders had been undermining Turnbull with their own ambitions in mind and, in Dutton’s case, with at least the tacit support of Finance Minister Mathias Cormann. Cormann denies this.
Senior figures told The Saturday Paper that before last month’s Longman byelection in Queensland, Turnbull wanted to dump his plan to legislate tax cuts for the biggest companies in Australia – …