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It’s finally over (for now): Scott Morrison beats two challengers to become Australia’s 30th Prime Minister

Macquarie National News

Scott Morrison is officially Australia’s 30th Prime Minister after beating Peter Dutton to the Liberal leadership.

Morrison, who served as Treasurer under Malcolm Turnbull, defeated Mr Dutton 45 votes to 40.

Julie Bishop also nominated but was eliminated when she attracted the lowest vote in the first round.

Victorian MP Josh Frydenberg has taken over her role as Deputy Leader.

The spill motion was carried 45-40 votes.

The vote was brought on by Mr Dutton, who presented a petition with 43 signatures calling for a leadership spill.

Malcolm Turnbull has quit parliament, which is likely to prompt a dangerous by-election.

Macquarie National News
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