Who is Scott Morrison? Meet Australia's new Prime Minister


Treasurer Scott Morrison won the following leadership contest, defeating former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton by 45 votes to 40.

Whoever emerges as the next prime minister will become Australia's sixth in less than a decade.

In 2006, he was Tourism Australia's inaugural managing director, but it wasn't Mr Morrison's first experience at crafting catchy, cut-through slogans - a skill he would later use to great effect during his rapid rise in federal politics.

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

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.

Morrison, ostensibly the moderate candidate, made global headlines a year ago when he entered parliament brandishing a lump of coal.

Speaking to reporters after the vote on Friday, Mr Morrison said he would be working to "bring our party back together which has been bruised and battered this week" and bring the country together.

But the extent of disquiet about Mr Turnbull's leadership proved to be exaggerated by many Dutton supporters.

Beleaguered Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull demanded the names of his party's lawmakers who wanted him to go before allowing the meeting.

Another Turnbull supporter, Darren Chester, apologised to voters and said they "deserve better than numerous things our Federal Parliament has served up in the past 10 years".

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"What we're witnessing, what we have witnessed at the moment, is a very deliberate effort to pull the Liberal Party further to the right".

New Zealand has recently hit sticking points in the trans-Tasman relationship, including the impact on New Zealanders of Australia's policy of deporting foreigners who've served 12 months or more in prison or are deemed a threat to Australia.

"This is our most urgent and pressing need right now", Morrison said.

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Turnbull is leaving Morrison and the Liberal party with a parting gift: he says he will resign from his seat in parliament, opening up a by-election that could hand the seat to the opposition Labor party.

His new deputy Josh Frydenberg was Turnbull's environment and energy minster and was responsible for developing the climate policy.

Despite Turnbull's win, it laid bare that dozens of his own MPs do not want him as their leader, and Dutton worked the phones and blitzed the airwaves on Wednesday to shore up more support for another widely-expected crack at the top job.

Some government backbenchers are encouraging Abbott to call time on his political career afterhe broke his pledge not to snipe, wreck and undermine the Turnbull government.

"The reality is that a minority in the party room supported by others outside the Parliament have sought to bully, intimidate others into making this change of leadership that they're seeking", Turnbull said, in a clear reference to the Murdoch media and the radio talk-back shows.

PM | There we have it, Australia.