By now you‚Äôve probably heard the news: this morning Peter Dutton put his name forward to lead the Liberal Party. He lost the ballot by 13 votes ‚ÄĒ 48 votes for PM Malcolm Turnbull, 35 votes for Dutton ‚ÄĒ and has resigned from his frontbench posting as Home Affairs Minister.
But Dutton losing this ballot doesn‚Äôt mean we‚Äôve heard the last of him. Back in 2012 (or five leadership spills ago, if you‚Äôre counting), Julia Gillard won 71 votes to Kevin Rudd‚Äôs 31 in his first challenge for her Labor leadership. 17 months later, Rudd ran again and won.
Some reports have speculated that Dutton could seek another spill at some point in the next two weeks ‚ÄĒ even as early as Thursday. So start entertaining the idea of a Prime Minister Dutton. To help you, we‚Äôve gone back and compiled¬†all of Dutton‚Äôs weird old tweets to help you understand the man he was, and the PM he could be.
We know Dutton is conservative, but in the past he has worked himself up over internet fights with progressives. Loves the weekend though.
You dirty lefties are too easy. Enjoy your weekend.
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) December 9, 2011
He‚Äôs even said that he enjoys stirring them up.
I’ve enjoyed stirring up all you little social inclusions. On a flight now. Sleep well. Dream about Campbell.
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) March 25, 2012
This tweet is particularly timely, given Dutton appeared before cameras today after the leadership spill with a notedly softer persona.
Some friendly advice Julia ‚Äď beware a D/PM selling his “softer” side at a time your party is looking for l’ship
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) April 20, 2011
And he really isn‚Äôt a fan of Gillard (bonus points to¬†the tweet¬†that¬†praises Dutton‚Äôs would-be backstabbing victim, Turnbull).
Good stuff on q&a malcolm ‚Äď julia had a shocker.
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) August 6, 2009
I think Julia Gillard is taking her political advice from Charlie Sheen.
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) March 2, 2011
The one where he¬†wonders whether¬†Gillard has a problem with men.
I watched ch 7. Does julia have a problem with men?? The male worm certainly thought so.
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) July 25, 2010
Referring to Fairfax journalist Latika Bourke, Dutton also called out the way she¬†looked before¬†a 2010 question time session:
Latika must have a date after qn time? Wearing big new dangly earings and a big purple flower.
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) February 9, 2010
To be fair, he also made fun of his male opponents‚Äô looks:
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) August 12, 2013
But hey, maybe that‚Äôs all remedied by his defence of Gillard in this 2011 specimen.
I watched “At Home with Julia’ for the 1st time today. I thought it was pretty shabby treatment of the PM and in partic Tim.
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) September 13, 2011
is back in Dickson today
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) February 27, 2009
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) July 29, 2009
ees (from 30 years ago).
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) August 5, 2009
Warned for using twitter. Lift my game.
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) November 25, 2009
Is ch 7 serious delaying the tennis for HOME AND AWAY? Give me a break.
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) January 25, 2010
Prince Philip is definitely my favourite royal.
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) March 13, 2010
He‚Äôs an interesting man with an interesting tweet history who might just be our next Prime Minister.
And, if that does happen, we know what our reaction will be:
‚ÄĒ Peter Dutton (@PeterDutton_MP) July 14, 2013