Current Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been ousted, and will be replaced by Scott Morrison, Tony Abbott’s former Immigration Minister. You might recall that Morrison was credited with stopping all the human trafficker boats that had been dumping hordes of illegal alien Muslim migrant wannabes, posing as refugees from Africa and the Middle East, into Australia.
SBS News Australia’s conservative lawmakers chose one of their own, Scott Morrison, to become the country’s newest prime minister on Friday, after a vote that capped days of chaos in the capital and underscored the turbulence of the country’s politics.
Morrison said, when he was Immigration Minister, “As minister for Immigration and Border Protection, it was my policy and practice to put Australia’s national security interests first by stopping the boats.”
“We make no apologies for sending the clearest message to the people smugglers and to their would-be customers: ‘If you think you can come to Australia on a people smuggler’s boat, you’re wrong. You won’t. You won’t get here, you will not become a permanent resident’,” Mr Turnbull told reporters in Sydney. “Keeping our borders secure is a critical obligation and responsibility of government.”
Scott Morrison, who had been the country’s treasurer, was sworn in as the sixth prime minister in 11 years after a vote by the governing Liberal Party (What we call Conservative Party in US) , in which he defeated Peter Dutton, a former home affairs minister, and Julie Bishop, the country’s foreign minister.
NY Times Morrison rose to prominence over his tough stance on immigration. After a boat carrying dozens of asylum seekers sank in 2011, Mr. Morrison courted outrage by calling it a waste of taxpayer money for the Australian government to help pay for relatives to attend funerals.
As Immigration Minister, Morrison worked aggressively to stop asylum seekers from reaching Australia by boat, continuing the country’s contentious zero-tolerance policy toward such migration. One of Australia’s tactics, offshore detention, has been roundly condemned by human rights groups and the United Nations. (But applauded by the people)