Treasurer Scott Morrison to become Australia's next prime minister

REPORTS Turnbull Will Stand Aside And Allow Scott Morrison To Stand Against Peter Dutton

He's the nation's sixth Prime Minister in six years.

Labor's Kevin Rudd became one of the few Australian prime ministers to be dumped while in office when Julia Gillard rolled him in 2010 just before an election.

Treasurer Scott Morrison will be Australia's new prime minister after winning a three-way battle for the leadership of the Liberal party on Friday, with incumbent Malcolm Turnbull not contesting the party ballot.

"Until we have generational change inside politics and the next generation of politicians come through ..."

"Hang your heads in shame", the tabloid Northern Territory News screamed on its front page today.

"For me, I only ever nominated because I believed I was a better person and a person of greater strength and integrity to lead the Liberal Party", Dutton told Australian Broadcasting Corp. He also promised to reverse increases in electricity prices, which are a sore point in a country with huge deposits of coal and gas, and pledged to protect the universal health care system that is a source of pride for Australians. He also thanked deputy prime minister Julie Bishop for being a "rockstar" for the Liberal Party as a foreign minister.

Beleaguered Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull demanded the signatures as proof that most of his government had lost faith in him.

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"The Australia of the future has to be a nation that is agile, that is innovative, that is creative. I'm sorry. You deserve better than numerous things our Federal Parliament has served up to you for the past 10 years", wrote Nationals MP Darren Chester, whose party is in a coalition with the Liberals.

"We have people across the country who are suffering and look at what you're doing", he said, listing national woes including the worst drought in half a century that has forced some farmers to shoot their livestock. "You've forgotten everyone but yourselves".

His scathing speech was echoed on social media, where Australians vented their frustration at the latest antics.

A search for the Austin-based Dutton's handle on Twitter - the simple, @PeterDutton5 - show that a number of people had mistaken him for the Australian Dutton.

Opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten told Parliament on Thursday it was evidence that "Australia no longer has a functioning government".

"Our job.as we take forward this mantle of leadership as a new generation, is to ensure that we not only bring our party back together, which has been bruised and battered this week, but that. we bring the parliament back together", Morrison said in his first appearance after his party-room victory.

Turnbull went on to win 2016 national polls, but Abbott didn't go quietly and has been a frequent critic from the backbench.

"It damaged his image as a super election victor and it meant he only had a majority of one - so he was very vulnerable to anyone threatening to defect", said political analyst Rod Tiffen, an emeritus professor at the University of Sydney.

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