The BBC reports:
Scott Morrison has become Australia’s new prime minister after Malcolm Turnbull was forced out by party rivals in a bruising leadership contest. Mr Turnbull had been under pressure from poor polling and what he described as an “insurgency” by conservative MPs.
Mr Morrison, the treasurer, won an internal ballot 45-40 over former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton – who had been Mr Turnbull’s most vocal threat. Mr Turnbull is the fourth Australian PM in a decade to be ousted by colleagues.
Mr Morrison, a former Tourism Australia official, entered parliament in 2007 and has since held three key ministerial portfolios. The 50-year old father-of-two is a leading religious conservative and opposed last year’s same-sex marriage bill.
Via press release from Just Equal:
National LGBTI advocacy group, just.equal, has urged Australia’s new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, to govern for all Australians including the LGBTI community. Speaking after Mr Morrison replaced Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minsiter, just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said,
“We’re concerned that Mr Morrison opposed marriage equality during the postal survey, and is a proponent of so-called ‘religious freedom’ laws that would allow greater discrimination against LGBTI people.”
“We hope Mr Morrison will govern for all Australians, and not use ‘religious freedom’ as an excuse to erode equal rights and protections for LGBTI Australians. Our message to Mr Morrison is that LGBTI people are Australians too, are as Prime Minister he has a duty to look after our welfare and protect our rights along with all other Australians.”
The latest in Australia’s conga line of prime ministers, right wing Christian @ScottMorrisonMP, voted against gay marriage and oversaw brutal treatment of refugees as immigration minister.
With an election due by May, he may last just months in the job. https://t.co/jlTWwuQA1B
— John Upton (@johnupton) August 24, 2018
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— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) August 24, 2018
— SBS News (@SBSNews) August 24, 2018