Unseating of Tony Abbot looming – three senior Liberals possible ‘successors’

Unseating of Tony Abbot looming – three senior Liberals possible ‘successors’

Written by Bella Dalima

04 Feb, 2015 | 9:26 pm

With the possible unseating of Tony Abbott looming, the names of three senior Liberals are being touted as possible successors to the post of Prime Minister.

They are Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison.

A pro-Republican, Julie Bishop, has been the Minister for Foreign Affairs since 2013 and the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party since 2007.

She is the first female Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and only the third woman to have held the title of Deputy Leader of the Opposition.

She has also been a Member of the Australian House of Representatives since 1998 for the seat of Curtin in Western Australia.

Communications Minister Malcomlm Turnbull is not a stranger to leadership, having been Opposition leader and leader of the Liuberal Party from 2008 to 2009.

In November 2009, he ordered the Liberal Party to support the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme proposed by the Labor Government.

This decision split the Liberal Party, and following a leadership challenge by Tony Abbott on 1 December, Turnbull lost the leadership by one vote.

A return to the top job unseating Abbott, would be poetic justice indeed.

The other possible contender is Communications Minister Scott Morrison who has however, noted that he would never challenge Abbott for the top job.

After the Liberal Party was elected to government at the 2013 federal election, Morrison was appointed the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, responsible for implementing Operation Sovereign Borders, aimed at preventing people smuggling and asylum seeker deaths at sea.

At the end of 2014 he was appointed Minister for Social Services after a cabinet reshuffle.

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