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  WhatsApp messages reveal why Julie Bishop lost
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Aug 25, 2018 09:07pm
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AuthorDana McCauley & Eryk Bagshaw
News DateSunday, August 26, 2018 01:55:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionExplosive WhatsApp messages between Liberal MPs reveal why Julie Bishop never stood a chance in last week's second leadership ballot.

In the group chat messages leaked to ABC Insiders, MPs are warned of an alleged plot by Peter Dutton's backers to defeat Scott Morrison by spreading misinformation about the level of support for Ms Bishop from her fellow West Australians.

"[Senator Mathias] Cormann rumoured to be putting some WA votes behind Julie Bishop in round 1. Be aware that this is a ruse trying to get her ahead of Morrison so he drops out & his votes go to Dutton," came the warning from Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher.

"Despite our hearts tugging us to Julie we need to vote with our heads for Scott in round one."

Senator Cormann has categorically denied this claim, telling Fairfax Media: "This is 100 per cent incorrect".
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