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Trump congratulates new Australian PM after week of political chaos

Trump congratulates new Australian PM after week of political chaos

During a three-way vote, whoever comes last in the first round will be eliminated with a second round taking place to decide who becomes leader.

When asked about her leadership ambitions in recent media interviews, Bishop emphasised her loyalty to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

"At the very least, the Turnbull government has been an average-to-good government, by most measures, brought down by internal divisions", said John Warhurst, a political scientist at the Australian National University.

Turnbull has become the fourth prime minister to be dumped by his or her own party before serving a full three-year term since the revolving door to the prime minister's office started in 2010.

Australia's next prime minister, Scott Morrison, is seen by some as an incongruous mix of a committed Christian who made his name through ratcheting up a refugee policy that many church groups have condemned as inhumane.

"It's got so cynical now that the politicians are coming out blatantly and saying they need to change leader in order to win the next election", Darren Moore, a Sydney workplace environment manager, told The Associated Press.

The political instability could damage Australia's standing on the world stage, Shorten warned.

His departure from politics will spark a by-election for his Sydney seat, threatening the government's wafer-thin one-seat parliamentary majority.

The unrest is the latest chapter in a turbulent decade for Australian politics, which has frequently descended into squabbling that has alienated voters.

He's the nation's sixth Prime Minister in six years.

Ousted Australian premier Malcolm Turnbull at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, March 27, 2018.

"Do you know where Australia is?" one Twitter user wrote back to Trump.

"I am looking forward to working with Mr Morrison to advance that". "I'm sorry. You deserve better than numerous things our Federal Parliament has served up to you for the past 10 years", wrote Nationals MP Darren Chester, whose party is in coalition with the Liberals.

Turnbull's leadership was vulnerable because his government was trailing in opinion polls.

"It is a great privilege to serve in this important position, and our job is to deliver lower taxes, more jobs, and to grow the Australian economy to create better standards of living for all Australians".

Former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton needs 43 signatures for Turnbull to call a party room meeting and there are reports that number has quickly climbed over the past 24 hours.

"Morrison is a social and economic conservative and has strong religious convictions".

Australia uses the navy to turn boats back to Indonesia, or banishes refugees to remote immigration camps on the poor Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru.


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