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Once again, Australia has a new prime minister

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  • Isabella Steger
By Isabella Steger

Asia deputy editor

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

Australia is getting its sixth prime minister in 11 years, after Malcolm Turnbull was ousted by his own party today (Aug. 24).  He is replaced by Scott Morrison, who was previously Australia’s treasurer.

Turnbull’s resignation caps a week of drama within the Liberal party, with the conservative wing of the party challenging the prime minister’s leadership, or what locals call a “leadership spill.” Morrison, an avowed Christian who voted against marriage equality in last year’s referendum, beat out former home affairs minister and immigration hard-liner Peter Dutton in today’s party vote to become the new leader. Foreign minister Julie Bishop also threw her name in the hat for the position.

No Australian prime minister has served out his or her full term since John Howard lost in an election to Kevin Rudd in 2007. Howard had served 11 years in the top post. Since then:

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