Scott Morrison is Australia's new prime minister

25 August, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • PIC File

They have elected Scott Morrison to be our new Prime Minister and Josh Frydenberg to be our new deputy leader'.

Scott Morrison defeated Peter Dutton in an internal party vote.

The current Treasurer, Scott Morrison was chosen in a ballot of his party's lawmakers on Friday, and the outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was quitting government now that his replacement had been chosen.

His resignation would cause a by-election that could cost the government its single-seat majority.

It started at about midday on Friday after the 43 signatures were verified.

Former opposition leader John Hewson, now an analyst at the Australian National University, said the turmoil was indicative of a new breed of unprincipled politicians, coupled with a voracious media cycle that appeals to their worst instincts.

"We will provide the stability and the unity and the direction and the objective that the Australian people expect of us, " Mr Morrison told reporters.

Public anger became apparent overnight with windows broken at the Brisbane office of Dutton, Turnbull's main rival in his government.

But the extend of disquiet about Turnbull's leadership proved to be exaggerated by many Dutton supporter.


An explanation could be that some lawmakers fear they will be punished by voters if they put their names to dumping Mr. Turnbull. He also thanked deputy prime minister Julie Bishop for being a "rockstar" for the Liberal Party as a foreign minister.

They were either sent back to where they had come from or transferred to remote Pacific island camps, a policy roundly criticized by the United Nations and rights groups.

Mr Morrison will also have to decide whether to call a general election late this year or in the first half of 2019.

"Our job.as we take forward this mantle of leadership as a new generation, is to ensure that we not only bring our party back together, which has been bruised and battered this week, but that. we bring the parliament back together", Morrison said in his first appearance after his party-room victory.

Morrison will replace Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, who is expected to resign.

"There was a determined insurgency from a number of people both in the party room and backed by voices, powerful voices, in the media", he told reporters, in reference to media mogul Rupert Murdoch's conservative News Corporation.

Trump lashed out at Turnbull during a call shortly after taking office previous year, reportedly badgering and eventually hanging up on the Australian leader.

The new socially conservative leader of the country's Liberal party said last November, after 61% of Australians voted in favour of introducing marriage equality, that as many - if not more Australians - wanted to see laws introduced that would protect religious freedom.

His government was also upended by a weird citizenship crisis that ruled 15 lawmakers ineligible for office for holding dual nationalities and it has trailed the opposition Labor party for 37 consecutive fortnightly opinion polls.

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