Dutton's electorate office accidentally raised the Australian flag upside down -- it's the international signal of distress

Screenshot/ Sky NewsThe upside down flag.

Peter Dutton’s electorate office of Dickson accidentally flew the Australian flag upside down today.

Flying a flag upside down is an internationally recognised signal for distress.

According to The United States Flag Code: “The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”

When a Channel 7 crew pointed out the mistake, an employee from the office quickly took it down, only to put it up the wrong way again.

The third time it was raise it was the right way up.

Watch a reporter talk about the incident here:

On Thursday morning, Dutton asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for a party room meeting, saying he believed he had the number to take leadership of the Liberal Party.

Following Dutton’s request, a number of key supporters of Turnbull have announced their resignations, saying he no longer has the confidence of the party.

Since then Treasurer Scott Morrison has emerged as a contender for the leadership position.

Sportsbet has Morrison as the hot favourite to win a leadership spill.

Here’s a look at the odds as of 11am:


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