Australian PM Turnbull to quit Parliament soon

Australian PM Turnbull to quit Parliament soon

Australian PM Turnbull to quit Parliament soon

"If the pie is bigger, everyone is getting more, and regardless of what their share is, except for Western Australia", he said when announcing the last budget.

He said his most immediate priority was to provide drought relief to rural and regional Australians. "It was extraordinary. It was described as madness by many and I think it's hard to describe it in any other way".

Turnbull, who accused Dutton and his supporters of bullying and intimidation, on Thursday said he would not contest a second leadership challenge and leave parliament, although he did not put a timetable on when he would go. He was the first Immigration Minister in the Abbott government, meaning he was the architect of the monstrous immigration policy that has seen children locked up, deaths, rampant self-harm, and serious mental health issues among vulnerable refugees.

Australia's new prime minister began his first full day Saturday (Aug 25) with a phone call to Donald Trump as he set about restoring faith in his "battered and bruised" government after a tumultuous week.

But Morrison faces a series of policy decisions that could reopen old wounds within the government, including an impasse on energy, a topic that acted as a catalyst in Turnbull's demise.

"I have just been provided with a request for a meeting of the Parliamentary Liberal Party. It is not a secret".

Except Mr Dutton lacked the numbers to call an emergency vote and without them it was not Mr Dutton's prerogative but party leader Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's.

But the former immigration minister said he would be interested if "down the track, if an opportunity presented itself".

Australia's beleaguered Malcolm Turnbull was ousted as prime minister on Friday after a majority of Liberal Party parliamentarians said they supported calls for a leadership change, according to media reports.

WA senator Dean Smith said Mr Morrison's rise to the top job would give the Liberal Party a "strong base from which to campaign" in WA at the upcoming Federal poll.

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

Adding to the intrigue is uncertainty about who will become deputy Liberal leader, with Josh Frydenberg and Steve Ciobo considering a tilt, and Greg Hunt repeatedly declining to rule out entering that race.

He was officially sworn in as Australia's 30th prime minister late yesterday in a ceremony in Canberra.

Turnbull fronted the press alongside Treasurer Scott Morrison and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, a close friend of Dutton's, with both pledging their loyalty.

Malcolm Turnbull addresses the media in the Prime Ministers Courtyard on Thursday.

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

Mr Turnbull is fighting to retain his position amid a push by senior colleagues to replace him as leader.

"That is one of the reasons that a number of people have come to the conclusion that Peter Dutton is the best man to lead us".

Australia's new Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday promised a stable government at the end of a tumultuous week in which his predecessor was forced out of office, 13 ministers resigned and Parliament was shut down for an afternoon.

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