Scott Morrison Chosen as Australia's New Prime Minister Following a Leadership Crisis

Muriel Colon
August 24, 2018

Labor introduced a process after the toppling of Julia Gillard by Kevin Rudd in 2013 in which leadership contenders must gain a majority of votes in the caucus and in a grassroots party ballot to take the top job.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is among the favorites and would be Australia's second woman prime minister.

Dutton, who favors slashing migrant numbers and even pulling Australia out of the Paris climate agreement, was the sole candidate to be prime minister until Thursday, August 23, when Morrison and Bishop entered the fray to try to halt his power grab.

Beleaguered Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull demanded the names of lawmakers in the conservative Liberal Party who wanted him to go before he would allow them to choose a new prime minister at a meeting at Parliament House on Friday.

Former home affairs minister Peter Dutton, an ex-police officer and right-winger, was the driving force behind the move to oust Turnbull after a party backlash against his more liberal policies.

The bare minimum majority of 43 signatures were provided shortly before the meeting started. The trend is universally hated by Australians.

Morrison will replace Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is expected to resign.

Public anger became apparent overnight with windows broken at the Brisbane office of Dutton, Turnbull's main rival in his government.

His departure from politics will spark a by-election for his Sydney seat, threatening the government's wafer-thin one-seat parliamentary majority.

Scott Morrison will be Australia's new Prime Minister. Turnbull did not contest the ballot and has said he will quit politics. The resignation could also push his successor into immediately calling general elections. "He won this vote 45-40 against Peter Dutton". Mr. Turnbull initiated the ballot in the hope of ending speculation that his government had lost faith in him in the face of poor opinion polling.

"Scott Morrison's relatively low margin of victory still poses the risk that there may still be more turmoil ahead", he said.

Turnbull must now pay a visit to the Governor-General to officially inform him of events and once there will recommend Morrison to form a new government.

"The skew toward the Labor party at this stage ensures they will form government at the next election", she said.

"The Liberal Party, whatever it does today and tomorrow, is irreparably split", Mr.

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