Morrison 45, Dutton 40

Scott Morrison is Australia’s sixth prime minister in eleven years, having prevailed in the second round of the party room vote by 45 votes to 40. Julie Bishop was eliminated after the first round: there are reports the vote was Dutton 38, Morrison 36 and Bishop 11. Josh Frydenberg replaces Julie Bishop after nearly eleven years as deputy, having won 46 votes against 20 for Steve Ciobo and 16 for Greg Hunt. Over to you.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

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  1. Sky News heads just finished saying that some of the best speeches from PM’s is there outgoing ones, then there is this….

  2. Watching this ABC coverage I have developed a loathingfor Patricia Karvelas and Greg Jannet.

    What ahorrid pair

    PK looking like she is in love with Dutton and practically crying and Jennet looking like he is Frank in Some Mothers do ‘ave them.

    I much preferred Vanstone.

  3. DTT,

    How could you possibly think that about Karvelas? Agree jennet is a flog though. Bloke just mansplains everything and adds no analysis.

  4. Once again the ABC runs their coverage as if the only political commentary worth considering is that of Liberal politicians or ex-politicians, and then only if they wholeheartedly agree with the result.

    All morning they were scrambling madly to build up whoever the PM was to be. Since the ballot, already ScoMo is being touted for sainthood.

    There’s not a Labor politician or any other kind of critic or potential critic of the government in sight. It’s all very chummy and first-name.

    First order of business of an incoming Labor government should be to clean out the ABC of its Lib-friendly fanboyz, urgers, news editors and CPG whisperers.

    An special example should be made of Greg Jennett.

  5. I couldn’t handle ScoMo as treasurer, the way he motored on & on and spoke over the top of journalists when he was in some difficulty, I always turned to another channel. Now he is PM and on all channels whenever he speaks I will have nowhere to go.
    The sooner the next election the better.

  6. So the right wing of the Coalition came up with the idea of the SSM plebiscite, presumably based on their belief that the electorate are secretly as hard right as themselves.

    The question though is why the objective fact of the overwhelming defeat of their position in their own plebiscite seemingly hasn’t shaken that belief?

  7. We as a nation truly did not deserve such a great man as our leader. Don’t believe me ? Just ask Lucien, he’ll tell you.

  8. ‘Malcolm’s favourite word,


    “Lucien Aye” surely. Or has he dropped that stick now that the farce is over …

  9. Samantha Maiden tweets

    Contrast this to Kevin Rudd you could hear a pin drop, every ragged breath it was so brutal and traumatic and intimate you felt you were intruding in his grief. Turnbull is alone. No family. Rattling off a shopping list & acting like nothing happened. He’s a funny fish.

  10. I worry that Morrison can win an election. The polls over the next four weeks will be interesting.

    The libs have no legislative agenda to take back to parliament do they? My bet is STOP THE BOATS UNION COORUPTION! and JONSONGROWTH will be their defining ‘issues’. also expect the media to rev up Kill Bill again. They can call an election of the basis of changing leader rather than run on any particular issue and make it all about personalities.

    The choice of Frydenberg as deputy is a good one for them.

    if the RWNJs behave themselves I think the federal election will be much tighter than most of us here would like.

    I’m a bit sad dutton didn’t get up – I could have coped for a few weeks before the LNP were wiped off the map. Now I think they are contenders and worry that shorten could still snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    I hope turnbull does not bow out gracefully.

  11. I was going to say I was driving past Michael Sukkar’s office in Ringwood last night and noticed they were clearing it out…

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  13. From “time to time” 😆 😆 😆

    That has meant that from time to time I have had to compromise and make concessions.

  14. sustainable future @ #75 Friday, August 24th, 2018 – 2:14 pm

    if the RWNJs behave themselves

    Here is where your analysis falls apart.

    I hope turnbull does not bow out gracefully.

    He’s already tarred the opposing faction as “insurgents” and repudiated their race-baiting. And now he’s panning them further and basically encouraging voters to punish them for it.

    And we’ve been promised factional warfare in NSW.

  15. Player One says:
    Friday, August 24, 2018 at 1:59 pm
    briefly @ #17 Friday, August 24th, 2018 – 1:50 pm

    Player One says:
    Friday, August 24, 2018 at 1:46 pm
    God, I can’t listen to the ABC any more. Vanstrone WTTE “The losers are those who wanted to get rid of the Prime Minister!”

    She’s essentially correct. The RW used Dutton as the battering ram to demolish Turnbull. They achieved that, but they failed to instal their own candidate. They lost, after doing immense harm to the Liberal Party.
    You’re assuming this is over. I don’t think it is.

    It’s very far from over….Abbott is not satisfied yet.

  16. Surely the Indigenous people of Australia are saying “All that invasion & terra nullius stuff and then this. What did we do to God to deserve it?”

  17. Deutsche Welle has the Morrison ascension on the front page of its website. Either the Germans really care about events on the other side of the world or they enjoy a good laugh.

  18. Big interest now will be Morrison’s ministry.

    Does he punish those who jumped on the Dutton bus and reward those loyal to him or go for the status quo wherever possible.

    Given the talent, or lack thereof, outside Turnbull’s team the status quo might appeal in the short term.

    But Morrison has never seen a head he wouldn’t like to kick and he might be in the mood for some vengeance.

  19. 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.

    Whereas Lucien you got rid of Abbott merely by you and your merry group walking into the party room singing kumbaya ?

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