Australia: Scott Morrison ousts Turnbull to become new prime minister

Australia: Scott Morrison ousts Turnbull to become new prime minister
New Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison. YouTube, CNBC video

[Ed. – Progressives sour and irritable.  Morrison would be a conservative Republican in the U.S.  He has prevailed in a conservative uprising within the governing Liberal Party, which knocked off the middle-of-the-road Malcolm Turnbull to put Morrison in the driver’s seat.  It’s a pretty big deal.  The next national election is scheduled for May 2019.]

Morrison, who was sworn in Friday after a week of political turmoil saw Malcolm Turnbull ousted by his own party, has by his own admission always aspired to be leader and embraced each portfolio he’s been given on his way to the top. But in his role as a government attack dog, he’s sometimes left colleagues and the voting public cold. …

The 50-year-old has been a lawmaker since 2007. The evangelical Christian, whose seat is based in one of the country’s most socially conservative and least multi-cultural areas, has had a high-profile since 2013 when he became a hard-line immigration minister who oversaw the off-shore detention and processing of asylum seekers.

He also dealt with Australia’s sprawling welfare sector as social services minister — and had a tough job trying to gain the support of minority lawmakers in the upper house for cuts to benefits. Since September 2015, he’s been the country’s treasurer, overseeing an economy that’s now gone 27 years without a recession.

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