Scott Morrison is Australia's new Prime Minister after a tense leadership spill shook up the government
Australia’s new Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Stefan Postles/Getty Images
- Australia’s new prime minister is Scott Morrison.
- Morrison became prime minister after winning a three-way contest by his party after they decided to spill Malcolm Turnbull from the top job.
- He’s the nation’s sixth Prime Minister in six years.
- Read about how the Australian leadership was turned upside-down as it happened here.
Former Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison is now the country’s 30th Prime Minister.
He’s the nation’s sixth Prime Minister in six years.
Morrison won the Liberal leadership in a party room meeting on Friday, after the party voted to spill Malcolm Turnbull from the top job.
Morrison won the ballot 45-40 over rival Peter Dutton, Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs, after Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop was eliminated from the three-way contest.
Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg is the new deputy prime minister and replaces Julie Bishop.
Morrison first entered politics in 2007 following the defeat of former prime minister John Howard’s government after nearly 12 years.
He first took up a ministerial seat under former prime minister Tony Abbott, taking charge of immigration and delivering on his leader’s election promise to “stop the boats,” referring to a flux of immigration into Australia.
In 2014, Morrison became Social Services Minister, and when Malcolm Turnbull rose to leadership in September 2015, he became the new Prime minister’s treasurer. Morrison left his mark on the role, with three federal budgets that were widely accepted, cementing the economic credentials of the Turnbull government during a period of record jobs growth.
He was a late entrant to the leadership contest that shook Australian politics this week, and when outgoing prime minister Malcolm Turnbull turned down Dutton’s request for a party room meeting yesterday and delayed it for 24 hours, many believed it was to buy time for Morrison to build his support base.
Read about how the Australian leadership was turned upside-down as it happened here.
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