Scott Morrison has been elected leader of the Liberal Party, defeating Peter Dutton 45-40 in a partyroom vote in Canberra. He will be Australia’s 30th prime minister. Our blow-by-blow live coverage is below. 4:20pm: SCOTT MORRISON SPEAKS He starts by saying “we’re on your side”, and describes himself and his […]
Australia looks set to have its fifth prime minister in six years. You can follow all the latest developments in our live coverage below. The key points. It looks all over for Malcolm Turnbull. He is awaiting a petition signed by a majority of Liberal MPs (at least 43) to […]
Lots of people may be tempted to think Peter Dutton — known as a hardline conservative — would be a terrible leader of the Liberal Party. Dutton could well be a disaster. There are questions over his policy achievements, and Labor thinks it has the measure of him. But modern […]
Tony Abbott promised “no wrecking, no undermining, and no sniping” when he lost the Liberal Party leadership. Epic fail. With Malcolm Turnbull’s authority as leader now seriously undermined, Abbott has proved yet again his unrivalled ability to destroy opponents. A little under three years ago, as Tony Abbott prepared to […]
Is it on? Not yet, but: Malcolm Turnbull’s dinner with ministers in Canberra last night was held in a deepening air of crisis following the release of an Ipsos poll that showed a six-point fall in the Coalition’s primary vote and tumbling personal support for the prime minister. The dinner […]
A potentially mortal blow.