Vandals have hurled pavers at Peter Dutton’s office in Brisbane’s north overnight, hours after he claimed he had the numbers to challenge Malcolm Turnbull for the Liberal leadership.
Four reinforced glass windows and two glass doors were smashed in, while the brick pavers had also left puncture holes on the walls inside the office, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Queensland Police were called to Dutton’s Strathpine office about 2.20am. Police said they didn’t believe anyone entered the office during the incident and were appealing for anyone who saw suspicious behaviour to contact them.
The former Home Affairs Minister is set to challenge the prime minister in a leadership ballot later today. The Australian reported late Thursday night Dutton had reached the 43 signatures required to call for a leadership spill.
The other candidates contesting to replace Turnbull are Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Treasurer Scott Morrison.
Turnbull indicated on Thursday he would step aside if the majority of the Liberal party room signed a petition for a spill. If passed, Turnbull admitted he would not then stand against Dutton, or anyone else with ambitions for the top job, and would bring an end to his political career.
“In terms of my own intentions,” he said. “When the party room meeting is called, I will invite a spill motion to be moved. If it is carried I will not stand as a candidate in the ballot. Those are the events that will unfold over the next few days.”
Making a thinly veiled dig at former PM, and his predecessor, Tony Abbott, he added: “I believe former prime ministers are best out of parliament, I don’t think there’s much evidence to suggest that conclusion is not correct.”