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27 August, 2018

Scott Morrison is the new Australian prime minister, replacing Malcolm Turnbull as the new Liberal leader.

He voted no in Australia's plebiscite on same-sex marriage, listed "church" as one of his interests in his Who's Who profile, and regards former prime minister John Howard as a political inspiration.

Speaking to the media after today's leadership spill, the outgoing leader described the events of the last week as "extraordinary" and said Australians would be "appalled" by what has taken place.

Morrison will therefore need to find a way to meet Australia's commitment to reduce emissions by 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 under the Paris accord without stoking old divisions, a challenge Turnbull said would be hard.

A member of the party's conservative faction and former immigration minister, Morrison defeated former home affairs minister Peter Dutton by 45 votes to 40 at a closed door leadership vote shortly after midday, local time.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was also in the running for the leadership, but did not make it to the final round.

Morrison first entered politics in 2007 following the defeat of former prime minister John Howard's government after almost 12 years.

"My honest congratulations to Scott Morrison on his election as leader of the Liberal Party", he said. Morrison left his mark on the role, with three federal budgets that were widely accepted, cementing the economic credentials of the Turnbull government during a period of record jobs growth.

The Liberal Party faces weeks of rebuilding after the infighting which has resulted in the toppling of Malcolm Turnbull and elevation of Scott Morrison as prime minister.

The controversial and heavy handed tactics Turnbull used to delay the vote by 24 hours allowed him to present Dutton as a high risk, low-value, option on the basis of questions over his s44 eligibility to be in parliament.

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"Many Australians will be shaking their head in disbelief at what's been done", Turnbull said.

But the narrowness of the leadership contest shows conservative, Abbott-aligned forces are powerful within the party.

Morrison said he shared with Trump the story of Australian soldier Leslie "Bull" Allen "who is a symbol of our 100 years of mateship".

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

"This is our most urgent and pressing need right now", Morrison said.

Indonesia noted Prime Minister Scott Morrison?s strong commitment to continue promoting mutually beneficial bilateral relations between Indonesia and Australia, who remain close neighbors.

Mr Morrison set to work on Saturday building a new Cabinet, although the only confirmed change so far is the appointment of his Liberal Party deputy Josh Frydenberg, the former energy minister, as treasurer.

In his maiden speech, Mr Morrison said he was "proud" of Kevin Rudd's national apology to Indigenous Australians that the parliament had witnessed only the day before.

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

The Treasurer edged out Peter Dutton, 45 to 40 in a partyroom meeting in Canberra on Friday afternoon.


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