Scott Morrison becomes Australia’s 30th Prime Minister

3:00 PM | MALCOLM Turnbull has addressed Australia as the nation’s Prime Minister for the last time, thanking his supporters while calling out the “insurgents” within his party who brought him down.

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.

“It was extraordinary,” Mr Turnbull said. “Australians will be just dumb-struck by the conduct of the last week. Many Australians will be shaking their head in disbelief at what’s been done.”


“To imagine that a government would be rocked by this sort of disloyalty and deliberate insurgency.

“It was described as madness by many, and I think it’s difficult to describe it in any other way.

“In the party room meeting today I was impressed by how many of my colleagues spoke or voted for loyalty above disloyalty, how the insurgents were not rewarded by electing Mr Dutton but instead my successor, who I wish the very best, of course, Scott Morrison, a very loyal and effective Treasurer.

“The people who chose – Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott and others who chose – to deliberately attack the government from within, they did so because they wanted to bring the government down.

“They wanted to bring my prime ministership down. If people are determined to wreck, they will continue to do so.”

Mr Turnbull confirmed he will be leaving politics, but when exactly that will be is not yet known.

“I will be leaving the parliament not before too long,” he said.

“As I have always said, I have been very clear about that. It is not a secret.”

1.00 PM | There we have it, Australia. Say hello to your 30th Prime Minister… Scott Morrison.

The former Treasurer narrowly defeated Peter Dutton 45 – 40 votes to become the Liberal Party leader and the new Prime Minister in a spectacular showdown in Canberra on Friday.

“As you’re all aware, there was a ballot conducted in the party room for the leadership of the Liberal Party,” Government Whip Nola Marino said at a press conference a short time ago.

“The successful candidate was Scott Morrison and he won this vote by 45 votes to 40 for Peter Dutton.”

Ms Marino confirmed that the Deputy leader position was won “overwhelmingly” by Josh Frydenberg.

“This was won in an overwhelming sense, in a majority and absolute majority by Josh Frydenberg,” she said.


Following the vote, fellow contender Peter Dutton congratulated Morrison on the victory and confirmed the new Prime Minister has his “absolute loyalty”.

“My course from here is to provide absolute loyalty to Scott Morrison to make sure we win the election,” Dutton said.

Tony Abbott also chimed in, telling reporters “We’ve lost a prime minister but there is still a government to save.”

12.45 PM | JULIE Bishop has been eliminated after receiving the lowest vote.

It’s now a battle between Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton for the top job following the resignation of Malcolm Turnbull.

12.20 PM | The Liberal Leadership showdown has officially begun.

One by one, the Liberal MPs made their way into the party room for the all-important meeting, which was scheduled to kick off at 12.20pm.

We’ll bring you updates as they come to hand.

12.10 PM | The Liberal party room meeting has been called for 12.20pm.

11.30 AM | Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed he’s received a petition with 43 signatures and says he will call a party room meeting as soon as the signatures are verified.

“I have just been provided with a request for a meeting of the Parliamentary Liberal Party,” Turnbull tweeted a short time ago.

“It has 43 signatures. As soon as they are verified by the Whips, which should not take long, the meeting will be called.”

Former Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Treasurer Scott Morrison are all expected to compete in a showdown for the leadership position in Canberra on Friday.

8.30 AM | THREE Liberal Party members are this morning preparing to battle it out for the country’s top job.

Malcolm Turnbull announced on Thursday that he will call a partyroom meeting at midday on Friday for a vote on the leadership, only if he is handed the signed petition proving that he has indeed lost the support of his party.

Supporters of contender Peter Dutton claim he has now secured the signatures needed to force the leadership spill.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Treasurer Scott Morrison have also put their hand up and are expected to compete for the leadership position in Canberra on Friday.

In a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he would quit politics altogether if he is ousted as leader.

“When the party room meeting is called, I will invite a spill motion to be moved. If the motion is carried, I will treat that as a vote of no confidence and I will not stand as a candidate in the ballot,” Turnbull said.