Aside from Mr Dutton, those who offered resignations included three senior ministers in Mr Turnbull’s 23-member cabinet, Australian media reported. The opposition Labor party has accused the government of being in “chaos”. Image caption Peter Dutton has said he could still have a chance at taking the leadership from Mr Turnbull Now on the backbench, Mr Dutton has said he is still actively campaigning for the leadership and has lobbied other MPs for their support in a second vote. “You do not go into a ballot believing that you can lose and if I believe that a majority of colleagues support me then I would consider my position,” he told radio station 3AW. Mr Turnbull initiated the first vote among Liberal Party MPs on Tuesday in an attempt to end growing speculation about his position as leader of the Liberal party. He won the vote 48-35. “The iron laws of arithmetic confirmed my leadership,” he told reporters on Wednesday when asked about his future. The under-pressure PM has now withdrawn two major policies, admitting defeat over a company tax plan on Wednesday. Mr Turnbull confirmed he had asked eight ministers to stay on in his ministry despite their offers to stand down. Along with Mr Dutton’s resignation, he also let go the International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Mr Turnbull said: “What I’m endeavouring to do is to obviously ensure that the party is stable, to maintain the stability of the government of Australia.” Many Australians online have responded to the battle in Canberra with a sense of frustration and dismay.