Australia’s political dysfunction a sign of the times

Aaron Brown
August 26, 2018

"Congratulations to new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison", Mr Trump, who was in OH for a day of events, wrote in the tweet.

"In relation to the deputy's position, this was won in a overwhelming sense, in a majority, an absolute majority, by Josh Frydenberg".

The Opposition Leader Bill Shorten expressed his respect for the outgoing prime minister.

Like Dutton, the 50-year-old Morrison, a former executive on Australia's tourism task force, is a social conservative and evangelical Christian who opposes same-sex marriage.

"We will provide the stability and the unity and the direction and the goal that the Australian people expect of us, " Mr Morrison told reporters.

Australia's new Prime Minister Scott Morrison promises to rebuild trust in government and be firmly on the side of Australian voters.

Scott Morrison is keen to assure allies a week of turmoil in Australian politics poses no threat to global relationships.

"Both underlined the strength and depth of our alliance and the unbreakable friendship between Australia and the United States", a spokesman for Morrison said of the conversation.

Despite his country's track record, Morrison has promised stability for Australia's political future.

One minister was so disillusioned with the push to oust Turnbull that he took to Twitter to apologize to the Australian people.

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"What we're seeing in the forex markets reflects a crisis of confidence in the ability of Australia's political class to deliver sensible economic outcomes that ensure our future prosperity", said Stephen Miller, an adviser at Grant Samuel Funds Management and former head of fixed income at BlackRock Investment Management Australia.

Another newbie on Mr Morrison's radar is Kelly O'Dwyer, who served as Revenue and Financial Services Minister but is expected to be given another role.

Members of Australia's conservative Liberal Party are meeting at Parliament House to choose a new prime minister.

"I mean, politics is a tough business", he said.

A key focus for the newly-appointed PM will be to rebuild the Australian public's lost confidence in the Liberal party ahead of the next Federal election.

He stressed that the policy had stopped the tide of boats and prevented people from drowning at sea when they undertook the long, treacherous journey to Australia.

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.

The Australian press didn't hide its disdain for the change in leadership, with one paper described the events as "nothing short of disgraceful".

Fast-forward to 2015 and Turnbull got his revenge by dramatically forcing Abbott from office in a Liberal Party coup, claiming the government faced defeat at the next election without change at the top.

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