Minister Dan Tehan dodges dumping of Malcolm Turnbull question

Sunday, 26 Aug, 2018

During a three-way vote, whoever comes last in the first round will be eliminated with a second round taking place to decide who becomes leader.

"The successful candidate was Scott Morrison", said Liberal Party whip Nola Marino.

"We're dealing with someone who's familiar with the New Zealand political psyche, the composition of New Zealand, how [we] think and work so I would imagine that basically is a very good start", he said.

Morrison became prime minister after winning a three-way contest by his party after they made a decision to spill Malcolm Turnbull from the top job.

"My honest congratulations to Scott Morrison on his election as leader of the Liberal Party", he said.

"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.

"It doesn't sit easily I think with the Australian people - this knowledge that internationally they look at us and [think] there is no point in a world leader wanting to get to know a prime minister because there will be someone new here next week", Shorten said.

Before politics, he made a splash as managing director of Tourism Australia in 2006, when he approved a 180 million Australian dollar ($130 million) advertising campaign to attract visitors Down Under with a bikini-clad model on an Aussie beach who asked: "So where the bloody hell are you?"

"This is our most urgent and pressing need right now", Morrison said.

If he moves out of politics, it would spark a by-election for his Sydney seat, threatening the government's one-seat parliamentary majority. He also described Duttons actions as "madness" and "a determined insurgency".

The disarray has stoked a political realignment in Australia, with a hodgepodge of independents and smaller parties, like the anti-immigration One Nation, stepping into the void to mop up disaffected voters.

"I have been a reforming Liberal prime minister".

One minister was so disillusioned with the push to oust Turnbull that he took to Twitter to apologize to the Australian people. The coalition has consistently trailed the opposition Labor party in opinion polls in recent months and must call a new election by May 2019.

The US President - who congratulated Morrison on his elevation in a tweet on Saturday and said there are "no greater friends than the United States and Australia" has not visited the country since his election in 2016.

Former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton needs 43 signatures for Turnbull to call a party room meeting and there are reports that number has quickly climbed over the past 24 hours.

Read about how the Australian leadership was turned upside-down as it happened here.

"Morrison is a social and economic conservative and has strong religious convictions".