Australia’s next PM made his name on turning back refugees

800 (2)Source: Associated Press

By ROD McGuirk

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s next prime minister, Scott Morrison, is seen by some as an incongruous mix of a committed Christian who made his name through ratcheting up a refugee policy that many church groups have condemned as inhumane.

Some also find his politics confusing — he started his career as a moderate in the ruling conservative Liberal Party and morphed into a conservative. But as a conservative who respects moderates, Morrison is well placed to heal the civil war within the party that brought him to power.

Morrison was treasurer, the most coveted government office after prime minister, and was regarded as the best economic manager among the candidates.

He had told colleagues that he would not run for party leader against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. So Turnbull’s decision to quit meant Morrison could not be accused of disloyalty. Turnbull revealed later that he was impressed by his party’s decision to pick Morrsion, whom he descried as “a very loyal and effective treasurer.”

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