Scott Morrison Is Australia's New Prime Minister

Saturday, 25 Aug, 2018

Ms Bishop was reportedly working the phones overnight, pitching to her colleagues that she is the leader who could win the most seats for the party. As home affairs minister, he was a defender of Australia's controversial offshore asylum-seeker facilities and also championed the idea of Canberra offering refugee status to white farmers from South Africa: an issue that President Trump brought up this week.

He said his government would be "focused on ensuring that in the years ahead as the world becomes more and more competitive and greater opportunities arise, we are able to take advantage of that".

Dutton, who Turnbull accused of bullying and intimidation in the move to knife him, pledged to provide "absolute loyalty" to Morrison. "We will provide the stability and the unity and the direction and the objective that the Australian people expect of us", Morrison told reporters.

Morrison won the Liberal leadership in a party room meeting on Friday, after the party voted to spill Malcolm Turnbull from the top job.

Mr Morrison, an ally of deposed leader Mr Turnbull, won a three-way battle for the leadership.

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"I would rise above it because there's a lot of emotion and rewriting of history", Mr Dutton said hours after the spill.

Ms Bishop was working the phones yesterday evening, and had called more than a dozen MPs canvassing support by 7pm, Guardian Australia reported.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang congratulated Morrison on his new role and said Beijing would work with him to develop China-Australia ties "along the right track".

Turnbull survived an earlier attempt to oust him on Tuesday, winning a party room vote by 48 to 35.

Other favorites include Treasurer Scott Morrison and the only declared challenger Peter Dutton, a former Cabinet minister.

But despite her popularity, the path to leadership will not be easy.

He arrived for the ceremony on Friday evening with his wife and two children as well as his new deputy Josh Frydenberg, Nationals leader Michael McCormack and Nationals deputy Bridget McKenzie.

Mr Morrison was officially sworn in as prime minister later Friday and his deputy leader Josh Frydenberg as treasurer, Mr Morrison's old portfolio.

Mr Abbott denied reports he will stand.

Turnbull wanted a plan to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to be enshrined in law as part of Australia's agreement at the United Nations climate conference held in Paris in December 2015.

Penny Wong told the Liberals they had "forgotten every Australian but yourselves".

The policy has been widely condemned as a callous abrogation of Australia's global obligations to help refugees.

"Australia. We owe you an apology".

Parliament does not sit again until Sept 10. Believe me: there's a lot of good people on both sides of the chamber and we can do better.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters: "I'll be leaving the Parliament. not before too long". The rest went to Mr Morrison. He also secured an agreement with President Donald Trump for some 1,250 Iranian, Afghan and Pakistani refugees who had tried to reach Australia by boat to be transferred to the United States, a major step forward for attempts to resolve Australia's biggest global embarrassment.

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