At least 10 ministers have offered to resign after voting against the prime minister in a snap leadership ballot on Tuesday, but most were rebuffed and will remain on the front bench.
Mr Turnbull defeated his ex-home affairs minister 48 votes to 35 in the Liberal leadership spill, but Mr Dutton is now working the phones ahead of a second tilt.
“I am not going to beat around the bush on that, I am speaking to colleagues,” he told Melbourne’s 3AW radio.
“You don’t go into a ballot believing you’re going to lose and if I believe that a majority of colleagues support me, then I would consider my position.”
Backers of Mr Dutton believe his support levels are quickly climbing.
“Now that the genie is out of the bottle, I’m not sure we can put it back,” Liberal MP Craig Kelly told the ABC.
Mr Dutton has started a media campaign to reach out to Australian voters, with migration, energy and fuel prices in his sights.
I suspect wiser heads have prevailed and another challenge will happen this week. There was absolutely no point in waiting 2-3 weeks. #auspol
— Daniel Breban (@DBreban) August 21, 2018