Scott Morrison has been leader-in-waiting for years, and today he was elected as leader of the Liberal Party and will become Australia’s prime minister.
Mr Morrison, or ScoMo, as he is often called, will be elevated from the position of Treasurer after winning a Liberal party room ballot defeating Peter Dutton 45 votes to 40.The son of a police officer, Mr Morrison’s hard-working character and leadership potential have long been noted by his colleagues.
As one influential MP told the Australian Women’s Weekly back in 2015, before Malcolm Turnbull challenged Tony Abbott for the leadership: “If we lose the next election, Scott Morrison will be leader.”Lately, Mr Morrison has thrown his support behind Mr Turnbull, although he did express interest in the top job after the ousted Prime Minister’s poor Newspoll performances.He told the ABC in April he would not pursue his ambitions while Mr Turnbull remained in the role, insisting Mr Turnbull was the right person to lead the party not just to the next election “but beyond”.But the Treasurer said he would be interested “down the track, if an opportunity presented itself”.
Mr Morrison’s time finally came this week when he sought support for a leadership tilt after three senior ministers publicly stated that Mr Turnbull longer enjoyed the confidence of the Liberal Party.
An evangelical protestant and member of the Horizon Church (formerly known as Shirelive), Mr Morrison has appealed to social conservative voters of the Liberal Party.
“Growing up in a Christian home, I made a commitment to my faith at an early age,” Mr Morrison said in his first speech.
“My personal faith in Jesus Christ is not a political agenda … for me, faith is personal, but the implications are social.
“From my faith I derive the values of loving-kindness, justice and righteousness, to act with compassion and kindness, acknowledging our common humanity and to consider the welfare of others; to fight for a fair go for everyone to fulfil their human potential and to remove whatever unjust obstacles stand in their way, including diminishing their personal responsibility for their own wellbeing; and to do what is right, to respect the rule of law, the sanctity of human life and the moral integrity of marriage and the family.”
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