By Charlie Moore For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 04:54 BST, 23 May 2019 | Updated: 05:32 BST, 23 May 2019
Peter Dutton has said the Liberal Party would have been nearly wiped out with Malcolm Turnbull at the helm.
'If Malcolm Turnbull was still leader, we would have been annihilated,' he told the Pine Rivers Press.
'We would have Bill Shorten in power and our country would be on the road to disaster.'
Peter Dutton (right) has said the Liberal Party would have been nearly wiped out with Malcolm Turnbull (left) at the helm
Mr Turnbull was replaced in August by the conservative wing of the Liberal Party, which feared the government's drift to the left was hurting its electoral chances.
Mr Dutton was seen as the conductor of the coup - and has publicly criticised Mr Turnbull before.
Earlier this year Mr Dutton told the Sunday Mail: 'Malcolm is charming and affable but he doesn't have a political bone in his body.'
He also criticised Mr Turnbull's rise and approach to the country's top job, claiming he had no plan of action in place after he came to power.