Julie Bishop, ever the diplomat, keeps her powder dry. Just in case

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Former Treasurer Scott Morrison is now the 30th Prime Minister of Australia and the leader of the Liberal Party after Malcolm Turnbull was ousted in a messy display of in-party shenanigans which saw Morrison up against fellow Ministers Peter Dutton and Julie Bishop.

The leader in the Australian's Liberal Party has been named as the new Prime Minster, reports said.

There was a further twist: when Julie Bishop did not stand for deputy leader, her replacement was Josh Frydenberg, the minister responsible for the aborted National Energy Scheme.

Morrison was sworn in as prime minister Friday after winning a Liberal Party leadership challenge against incumbent moderate Malcolm Turnbull. Dutton also resigned, last week after his first leadership spill was unsuccessful, but was offered his previous home affairs portfolio when Morrison unseated Turnbull on Friday.

Morrison went on to defeat Dutton by a vote of 45-40.


Opposition agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon said the position would allow the former Nationals leader to campaign across Australia at public expense.

Australia's former prime minister has said he will resign from parliament this week in a move that could cost the government its single-seat majority. Under the new ministry, immigration, citizenship and multicultural affairs was spun off from home affairs and handed to David Coleman, while Linda Reynolds took on the role of assistant minister for home affairs.

The Energy and Environment has also been split, with Melissa Price becoming the Environment minister, while Angus Taylor was given the Energy role.

"For the benefit of all Australians, and for the benefit of democracy, call an election, Mr Morrison", wrote Ben J. on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) news website.

Now, text messages show the pair have been in contact with the new prime minister, with both broadcasters claiming they are prepared to have him on air. Payne's post as Defence minister will be filled in by Christopher Pyne.


"Our job.is to ensure that we not only bring our party back together, which has been bruised and battered this week, but that will ensure we bring the Parliament back together, that we can continue to work to ensure that our country stays close together".

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

Mr McCormack said the government would contribute more money on top of the already announced $1.8 billion worth of measures to tackle the drought.

Morrison, a Turnbull supporter, promised a new generation of leadership, and an end to political infighting.


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