The former finance minister won a ballot amongst Liberal Party lawmakers after his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull decided not to contest. Australia has had half a dozen PMs in a decade due to leadership challenges within the political parties.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has been picked to replace Malcolm Turnbull as Australia's new prime minister. Turnbull was forced to step down following a week-long revolt by Liberal Party lawmakers.
Canberra is ready to invest billions in Pacific nations with an infrastructure and diplomacy campaign to counter China's perceived influence. Australia also plans to redevelop a military base on Papua New Guinea.
The Australian government might join the US and Guatemala in moving its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said. Rivals accused him of a "desperate" ploy to sway Jewish voters.
Australia's prime minister has apologized to victims of child sexual abuse, saying the state had failed to protect them. The gesture follows a major inquiry that uncovered the alarming extent of crimes in institutions.
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