1.15pm Abbott is expected to hold a press conference in the Prime Ministers Courtyard at 1:30pm.
7.05am Liberal senator Cory Bernardi has accused Malcolm Turnbull of orchestrating the spill motion in an interview on SkyNews, saying the communications minister was up to his ears in this.
7.15am Only 101 Liberal MPs will be voting today, as Ross Vasta will be away as his wife just had a baby.
1.38pm PM Abbotts comments: Obviously I online gaming sport accept that the last few weeks have been difficult weeks for the government, but theyve also been difficult weeks for the Australian people because the people expect and deserve a government that is getting on with the job.Well that's true, but he won in seeking to take for the first time the leadership, not to defend your leadership record." Liberal frontbencher Dan van Holst Pellekaan refuses to rule out a tilt at the deputy leadership as he arrives at #saparli for #libspill.11.57am There are unconfirmed reports of what exactly was written on the one informal vote.I am also very confident that this is a party room, which believes in the marrow of its bones that we are a government which has good answers for the people of Australia, Mr Abbott said.9.05am Interesting to note that Scott Morrison arrived with Arthur Sinodinos, who has vowed to vote for the spill, whereas all the other frontbenchers flanked Abbott.8.40am Senator Lambie says Turnbull would make a better PM than Abbott: You cant teach an old dog new tricks.Senate leader Eric Abetz has been pummelled with questions about the spill, which he described as a firm endorsement for Abbott.His government has been distracted for weeks.10.05am Abbotts video statement from safe inside his office is expected at approx.The Prime Minister sparked a backlash with a controversial captains call in bringing forward a meeting to consider the spill motion.9.13am Sky News reports that all votes have been cast and the count is underway.Julie Bishop is rushing through a summary of The New Colombo Plan, which gives scholarships for uni students to study in the Indo Pacific region.This country doesnt need a new Liberal prime minister.This may confirm the report that he asked the backbench for six more months to turn around the governments performance.