Aug 24, 2018 (LBO) – Former treasurer Scott Morrison is to become Australia’s sixth Prime Minister in 11 years, prolonging an era of extraordinary political instability.
Morrison, a socially conservative architect of Australia’s hardline anti-asylum seeker policies and an ally of deposed leader Turnbull, elected as the new PM after winning a three-way battle for the leadership.
The other two contenders were former home affairs minister Peter Dutton and foreign minister Julie Bishop. Morrison defeated key challenger Peter Dutton, a former Cabinet minister, by a vote 45-40.
Turnbull did not contest the ballot and later confirmed his intention to quit politics. Turnbull’s resignation would cause a by-election that could cost the government its single-seat majority.
As per the Australian media reports, it could also encourage Morrison to soon call general elections.