It was a three horse race and then a two horse race that ultimately saw the Member for Cook, Scott Morrison cross ahead of Queensland MP Peter Dutton.
The week-long political drama finally came to a head yesterday, Friday 24 August at around 2pm, with Scott Morrison, the current Treasurer, defeating Peter Dutton 45 – 40 votes in a party room ballot. The vote saw ScoMo, as he his affectionately known, become Australia’s 30th Prime Minister and the seventh PM in 11 years.
Sitting PM, Malcolm Turnbull, ruled himself out of contention after the party room voted to declare the leadership position open. Deputy Leader and Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop put her hand up for the top job but was eliminated after the first round of voting.
Josh Frydenberg, better known as the face of the National Energy Guarantee, was elected Deputy Liberal Leader and Treasurer.
The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) President Fiona Simson paid tribute to Malcolm Turnbull, who himself owns a cattle property in the Hunter region.
“I thank Mr Turnbull for his support for, and understanding of, agriculture, during his time in office. He is a great friend of the farm sector.”
Big shoes to fill which I’m sure he’ll do capably. @TurnbullMalcolm always showed a strong personal interest in people and communities in the bush and what he could do to help. https://t.co/VIYQxXSZ9H
— Fiona Simson (@afsnsw) August 24, 2018
Ms Simson particularly recognised the now former PM for his endorsement of the NFF’s vision to see agriculture achieve $100 billion in farm gate output by 2030 and for his recent commitment to assisting farmers manage drought.
In his first address, at the time as Prime Minister elect, Mr Morrison said working with farmers to assist them during drought would also be a priority for his Government.
Mr Morrison also raised hopes that a period of stability in Australian politics maybe on the horizon.
“We will provide the stability and the unity and the direction and the purpose that the Australian people expect of us as leaders,” Mr Morrison said.