Ousted Prime Minister Tony Abbott reportedly resigned from Australia’s top job by fax.
16 Sep 2015 - 9:01 AM  UPDATED 16 Sep 2015 - 9:20 AM

Tony Abbott resigned as Prime Minister on Tuesday after losing a party room ballot to Malcolm Turnbull, who challenged him for the leadership on Monday.

Mr Abbott reportedly faxed his resignation to Governor-General Peter Cosgrove after the spill, breaking with tradition by not visiting Yarralumla in person.

The unique resignation was first reported by veteran correspondent Laurie Oakes on Tuesday.

The delay in resignation saw Mr Turnbull sworn in at Government House on Tuesday afternoon, causing a short delay to the start of his first Question Time as Prime Minister.