Peter Dutton is expected to make a second attempt to replace Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the Liberal Party. Photo: AAP
Peter Dutton is expected to make a second attempt to replace Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the Liberal Party. Photo: AAP LUKAS COCH

Liberal MPs call for second meeting

UPDATE: A PARTY room meeting was not held last night despite rumours circulating.

Supporters of Peter Dutton began a second strike against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with a petition calling for a fresh party room meeting circulating Parliament House this evening.

But Dutton supporters have conceded there won't be a meeting tonight, the ABC reported.

The Senate and the lower house have both adjourned and some Liberal members left Parliament House before Malcolm Turnbull departed about 9.30pm.

The intent of the petition was to ask the Prime Minister to call a second meeting and spill the leadership of the Liberal Party.

Influential shock jock Alan Jones kicked off talk of a late-night coup with a tweet urging political watchers to "get ready".

The petition would require 43 signatures to force the Coalition into the meeting, although when exactly the meeting would occur would be up to the PM.

Liberal frontbenchers Melissa Price and Alex Hawke claimed they hadn't seen a petition at all.

"I've not seen a petition, there's no partyroom. I think you've all been played beautifully," Ms Price said, according to The Australian.

But other Liberal party members said otherwise.

On her way out of Parliament House, Liberal MP Jane Prentice said at about 7pm the petition had just nine signatures, but hers wasn't among them.

"I haven't signed it and I haven't seen it," she said. "I think people should stop thinking about themselves and think about the people of Australia."

Jim Molan said he signed a petition calling for the meeting and that things were going "according to plan".

"I signed it and I saw my name and that's all I'm going to say about it. I'm trying furiously to deal in fact tonight. We've had so much information come through I just don't know where we stand at the moment," Senator Molan told Sky News.

"I don't know who's creating this pseudo crisis. It could be anyone, or it could be quite normal. I didn't expect anything to happen this evening. As far as I'm concerned, things are going according to plan.

EARLIER: SUPPORTERS of Peter Dutton have begun a second strike against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, calling for a party room meeting to be held tonight.

A petition to force a fresh party room meeting reportedly circulating around Parliament House.

The intent of the petition is to ask Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to call a second meeting and spill the leadership of the Liberal Party.

Influential shock jock Alan Jones kicked off talk of a late-night coup with a tweet urging political watchers to "get ready".

The petition would require 43 signatures to force the Coalition into the meeting, although whether this meeting took place tonight or tomorrow would be up to the PM.

Sky News' David Speers has denied there'll be a party room meeting tonight, saying: "At this point it's unlikely to happen tonight. But whether it happens tomorrow morning is key."

Reports followed that a petition to call a leadership spill was making its way through MPs' offices, but Julie Bishop was quick to deny any knowledge of an imminent party room meeting.

Appearing on The Project earlier this evening, the Deputy Leader said she was "not aware of any such moves", noting she'd be hosting the Deputy Leader of New Zealand at a working dinner tonight.

"I haven't heard anything about this," she said.

Asked if she could guarantee Mr Turnbull would be PM in the morning, Ms Bishop said: "It's 6.30, the house rises shortly, everybody has events on this evening.

"I have been through a number of leadership challenges and I have observed them on the other side. Some of them are won by one vote. The prime minister was endorsed."

Throughout the afternoon, rumours have surfaced of an upcoming party room meeting with the agenda of replacing Mr Turnbull.

Mr Dutton's supporters need 43 signatures on a letter to call an unscheduled party room meeting, and according to Sky News, Liberals in the Dutton camp are confident they have the numbers to force a meeting either tonight or tomorrow morning.

According to The Daily Telegraph political editor Sharri Markson, a "series of crisis meetings" was unfolding in Mr Turnbull's office with senior party figures including Ms Bishop, Christopher Pyne, Scott Morrison and Mathias Cormann.

Mr Turnbull reportedly told journalists there would be no meeting tonight.. 

Dutton also faces challenges to taking the top job. Attorney-General Christian Porter has asked the Solicitor-General for advice on Dutton's business interests, which include childcare centres in Queensland that may put him in breach of the constitution. 

In a statement, Porter told the media he would not comment further on the matter.