3 years ago Turnbull said 'disruption is our friend' when he ousted Tony Abbott as prime minister

Outgoing Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Stefan Postles/ Getty Images.

Three years ago, on September 15, 2015, Malcolm Turnbull defeated Tony Abbott to become Prime Minister.

Today, August 24, 2018, Turnbull stepped aside and did not recontest after the party voted for a spill in the leadership.

Scott Morrison became the country’s 30th federal leader, defeating Peter Dutton.

In his first statement after being elected Liberal leader three years ago, Turnbull urged Australians to embrace disruption.

Screenshot/ Sky NewsMalcolm Turnbull then.

He said his government would be “focused on ensuring that in the years ahead as the world becomes more and more competitive and greater opportunities arise, we are able to take advantage of that.”

“The Australia of the future has to be a nation that is agile, that is innovative, that is creative. We can’t be defensive, we can’t future-proof ourselves.

“We have to recognise that the disruption that we see driven by technology, the volatility in change is our friend if we are agile and smart enough to take advantage of it.”

Today, following the spill he said: “Australians will be just be dumbstruck and so appalled by the conduct of the last week. You know, to imagine that a government would be rocked by this sort of disloyalty and deliberate insurgency, is the best way to describe it, deliberate destructive action.”

Screenshot/ Sky NewsMalcolm Turnbull now.

Turnbull will now leave politics.

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