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Two versions of the same conversation but only one man is telling the truth

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Scott Morrison and his colleagues cannot stop the next cycle of recriminations over the leadership spill that brought their government to a standstill 10 months ago.

The wounds over the leadership spill last August are being reopened with Peter Dutton’s assertion that Malcolm Turnbull offered him the deputy leadership at the height of the drama.


But every major event in that convulsion is contested – and this one more than most. Turnbull and Dutton have completely different accounts of their conversation in the hours after the leadership was put to a vote.

The events of the past now create a problem for the present. Morrison does not want to talk about the spill, and would rather bask in the glory of the election outcome, but more scrutiny is certain in the weeks ahead with a Sky News documentary this week, a book by columnist Niki Savva next week and a book by this reporter in the subsequent weeks.

The context is vital in the dispute over what Turnbull offered Dutton or what Dutton asked of Turnbull.

Turnbull shocked almost all his colleagues on Tuesday, August 21 by declaring the leadership vacant and........

© Brisbane Times