Scott Morrison is to be Australia’s new Prime Minister after Malcolm Turnbull was forced out by party rivals in a bruising leadership contest.

It would be recalled that, last week, a row over energy policy ignited long-existing tensions between Turnbull, a moderate, and his party’s conservative wing.

Report says, Turnbull, who is the fourth Australian PM in a decade to be ousted by colleagues, had been under pressure from poor polling and what he described as an insurgency by conservative members of parliament (MPS).

With an election looming, MPS were nervous about the government’s poor opinion polling and recent by-election defeats.

The treasurer, Mr Morrison, won an internal ballot 45-40 over former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who had been Turnbull’s most vocal threat.

 

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