Published: Tue, August 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Scott Morrison becomes Australia’s prime minister after the ousting of Malcolm Turnbull

Scott Morrison becomes Australia’s prime minister after the ousting of Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has said he will quit Australia's parliament on Friday following his ouster as prime minister by party rivals, local media report.

Australia's new prime minister has announced a peace-making Cabinet that does not punish his rivals in a bruising power struggle that ousted his predecessor and divided a government that lags in opinion polls.

Announcing her resignation from cabinet, Ms Bishop said she had made no decisions as to whether she would remain in parliament following the next election.

A trailblazer who was Australia's first female foreign minister and the Liberals' first female deputy leader, the 62-year-old was hailed by her peers Sunday. Most of her 11 votes carried over to Morrison, who ultimately beat out Dutton 45-40. In 2015 the Abbott camp felt betrayed, believing that Scott Morrison had not backed him wholeheartedly, despite being a Christian conservative.

A leaked WhatsApp chat between some Liberal members, revealed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Sunday, showed them pushing against voting for Bishop as a tactic to back Morrison, who finally emerged as the victor.

He has inherited leadership of a coalition between the Liberal and National parties whose one-seat majority will have to be defended when a by-election is held for a safe Sydney seat that Turnbull is set to vacate.

Morrison also split the role of Energy and Environment minister, naming Melissa Price as environment minister and selecting Angus Taylor to head energy.

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Both are supporters of Mr Abbott, who was involved in Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton's attempt to seize the leadership last week.

Ms Bishop said she wants her successor Marise Payne to pursue justice for the families of the 38 Australians killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine. Mr Rudd was ejected by Julia Gillard and Mr Abbott by Malcolm Turnbull.

"As a former road transport operator, I understand industry issues and know how important a good, reliable road and transport system is to communities big and small right across Australia".

"You would have to ask the individuals involved but it appeared to be a tactic to promote Peter Dutton into the prime ministership, whatever the cost".

Meanwhile, Turnbull, the outgoing Australian Prime Minster said, "we are the most successful multicultural society in the world, and I have always defended that and advanced that as one of our greatest assets", he said.

Morrison was sworn in as the country's 30th leader late on Friday after a bitter Liberal Party revolt against moderate Turnbull driven by a hardline conservative faction. Morrison is seeking to restore party unity after a week of tumultuous infighting.

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