Scott Morrison selected as Australia's new prime minister

Scott Morrison selected as Australia's new prime minister

Scott Morrison selected as Australia's new prime minister

Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Scott Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had been among the favorites and could have become Australia's second female prime minister.

Former home affairs minister Peter Dutton, an ex-police officer and right-winger, had been the stalking horse seeking to unseat Turnbull after a party backlash against his more moderate approach to politics.

The bare minimum majority of 43 signatures were provided shortly before the meeting started. Turnbull said the meeting would proceed once the signatures had been verified.

"Australians will be rightly appalled by what they're witnessing", Turnbull said on Thursday in announcing the meeting that would end his career. Julie Bishop was knocked out in the first round of voting. "It's time for a review", he told reporters.

In July, she ended direct payments to the Palestinian Authority over fears its donations will be used to pay Palestinians convicted of terrorism and their families.

"They're not conservatives, they are vandals", said deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek in Parliament. The trend is universally hated by Australians.

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

The unrest is the latest chapter in a turbulent decade for Australian politics, with no leader managing to serve out a full term since former Prime Minister John Howard lost the 2007 election.

But the extend of disquiet about Turnbull's leadership proved to be exaggerated by many Dutton supporter.

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The Prime Minister confirmed on Twitter that he has received the 43 signatures and they are now being verified by the whips, after which the meeting will be called and the Liberal leadership is spilled.

His recent popularity in WA has been driven by his role as one of the architects of a solution to WA's GST malaise, but before Peter Dutton was the coalition's hard man on immigration, border control and asylum seekers, Mr Morrison held the title.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, a Turnbull ally, refused to say who he would be backing and hit out at disruptive elements inside his party.

His departure from politics would spark a by-election for his Sydney seat, threatening the government's one-seat parliamentary majority. The resignation could also push his successor into immediately calling general elections.

Another Turnbull supporter, Darren Chester, apologised to voters and said they "deserve better than numerous things our Federal Parliament has served up in the past 10 years".

Turnbull came to power in a party-room coup in September 2015.

Mr Turnbull opted not to contest the vote.

He had been under pressure from poor polling, a looming election, and a revolt by conservative MPs.

While its margin after preferences has been a narrow 51 to 49 per cent, the Liberal Party's knifing of two leaders in less than three years could help Labor win the biggest landslide since 1996, when John Howard's Coalition swept to power with nearly twice as many seats as Labor.

Senator Eric Abetz, who supports Mr Dutton, said the Liberal Party's Federal Executive had unanimously called on the party to resolve the leadership issue once and for all.

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