Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as Australia’s 29th PM

Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as Australia’s 29th PM

Malcolm Turnbull has today been sworn in as Australia’s 29th Prime Minister, after ousting Tony Abbott in a leadership ballot overnight.

The MP for the Sydney seat of Wentworth won last night’s ballot 54-44, with Julie Bishop defeating Kevin Andrews for the deputy role 70-30.

Mr Turnbull has wasted no time in getting down to business, giving a small indication of how he intends to govern.

He has confirmed he will stick by the government’s direct action climate policy, despite previously backing an emissions trading scheme.

He has also highlighted how he intends to boost the economy, saying innovation and creation is the way forward.

“We need to have in this country, and we will have now, an economic vision, a leadership that explains the great challenges and opportunities that we face, that describes the way in which we can handle those challenges, seize those opportunities, and does so in a manner that the Australian people understand so that we are seeking to persuade rather than seeking to lecture,” he said.

“It will be a thoroughly Liberal government committed to freedom, the individual and the market.”

“It will be focused on ensuring that in the years ahead, as the world becomes more and more competitive and greater opportunities arise, we are able to take advantage of that.”

“The Australia of the future has to be a nation that is agile, that is innovative, that is creative.”

“We have to recognise that the disruption that we see driven by technology, the volatility and change, is our friend … if we are agile and smart enough to take advantage of it.”

Speaking ahead of today’s joint party room meeting and his trip to Government House he has confirmed he will be outlining more details of his government in the coming weeks.

“It was a long night, and it’s going to be a big day today,” he said.

“This is a turn of events I did not expect, I have to tell you, but it’s one that I’m privileged to undertake, and one that I’m certainly up to.

“This is a great time to seize the day. I’m filled with optimism and … in the weeks ahead and the months ahead we’ll be setting out more of those foundations.”

Mr Abbott has tendered his resignation to Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, saying he wishes to make the changeover as easy as he could.

“Yes, this is a tough game. But when you join the game, you accept the rules,” he said.

Mr Abbott has used his final speech as PM to call on the Australian media to stop publishing anonymous comments from unnamed members of parliament.

“If there’s one piece of advice I can give to the media, it’s this: refuse to print self-serving claims that the person making them won’t put his or her name to. Refuse to connive at dishonour by acting as the assassin’s knife,” he said.

 

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