Scott Morrison elected Liberal Party leader

August 24, 2018

A week of Liberal Party chaos has resulted in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull falling on his sword after the second Party leadership spill debate against him in four days.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says the election of Scott Morrison as Prime Minister and Josh Frydenberg as his deputy is a stunning endorsement of the very policies (particularly the 'National Energy Guarantee') that triggered the leadership spill.

The leadership spills came as the House of Representatives was shut down early yesterday as the leadership crisis deepened, and a farcical Question Time proceeded in the Senate (as the government did not have the numbers to adjourn) without the leader of the government and more than half of the Ministers there to face the music. 

The Daily Telegraph reports, Mr Turnbull this afternoon has said he will leave parliament, "not before too long" which will automatically trigger a by-election in his seat of Wentworth. Mr Turnbull's resignation temporarily robs the new Prime Minister of the Coalition government's one-seat majority in the lower house and could potentially force him to call an early election.

Liberal MPs voted 45 to 40 to select Mr Morrison as their party leader today. Julie Bishop was eliminated in the first round.

Josh Frydenberg was elected deputy leader in a vote over Steve Ciobo.

Mr Morrison will now become Australia's 30th Prime Minister and the nation's seventh leader in 10 years.

On Thursday in the Senate, Senator Bernardi spoke on and opposed a Labor motion of no-confidence in the Coalition government. The Conservative Party leader said that Australian voters expect better from their representatives in parliament.

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