Why Australia has had 6 prime ministers in the last 8 years

Australian PM says will hold meeting to determine party leadership
Scott Morrison to become Australia's next prime minister
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26 August, 2018

Scott Morrison became the country's 30th federal leader, defeating Peter Dutton.

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

"The Turnbull government was actually very consistent with those values".

New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) had his first phone call with US President Donald Trump on Saturday.

Turnbull did not stand for re-election and said afterwards he would be resigning from his parliamentary seat.

Turnbull blamed his demise on "vengeance, personal ambition, factional feuding" in his party, led by conservative lawmakers including former prime minister Tony Abbott, the man he toppled in a party-room coup in September 2015. He also promised to reverse increases in electricity prices, which are a sore point in a country with huge deposits of coal and gas, and pledged to protect the universal health care system that is a source of pride for Australians.

"The only tip I've got is Sharks to beat Newcastle", Morrison told reporters, referring to a weekend match, as he entered the room where his conservative Liberal Party colleagues elected him their leader in a secret ballot on Friday.

"PM Morrison is the most market-friendly option", said Annette Beacher, Chief Asia-Pac Macro Strategist at TD Securities in Singapore.

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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.

One minister was so disillusioned with the push to oust Turnbull that he took to Twitter to apologize to the Australian people. "I'm sorry. You deserve better than numerous things our Federal Parliament has served up to you for the past 10 years", wrote Nationals MP Darren Chester, whose party is in a coalition with the Liberals. "And I look forward to potentially meeting him at any one of those", she said.

"I mean, politics is a tough business", he said. New South Wales is Australia's most populous state and the drought is the most severe in recent memory. "As soon as they are verified., which should not take long, the meeting will be called".

Born May 13, 1968 in the beachside Sydney suburb of Bronte, Scott John Morrison was the younger of two sons, whose parents ran church youth programs.

Governing in coalition with the rural-based National Party, the government has trailed the opposition Labor Party in opinion polls for several years.

Previous year the deeply Christian Morrison attracted more controversy for opposing a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, even though it had strong support from his party.

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