Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is the first to serve a full term in 15 years


In at least one sense, Scott Morrison has been Australia’s most successful prime minister in years.

He is the first to survive from one election to another since 2007. That year, the government of the second Australian Prime Minister John Howard was elected after a reign of nearly 12 years.

Between Howard and Morrison there have been four prime ministers including Kevin Rudd who served twice during an extraordinary period of political instability in Australia.

Rudd’s second stint ended when voters toppled his centre-left Australian Labor Party government in the 2013 election. mediocre opinion. The same was true for Rudd on his first stint that swung the revolving door of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Morrison’s relative longevity can be explained in part by the fact that his conservative Liberal Party has tightened the rules allowing them to activate their leader’s ejection seat.

But most attribute his survival to a full three-year term to credit given to Morrison for leading his coalition to a narrow victory in the last election in 2019, when Labor was favored to win. Some betting houses had been so confident of a Labor victory that they paid off party backers before Election Day.

Morrison announced on Sunday that the next election will be on May 21. This is the last available date for him.

Morrison’s coalition is again behind in most opinion polls. But poll credibility has not recovered from the shock of the 2019 result and Morrison is now recognized as a masterful campaigner who does not surrender.

The 53-year-old former tourism marketer was branded an accidental prime minister in 2018 when his government colleagues picked him to replace then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

It was yet another reversal of a Prime Minister without involving voters for reasons not fully explained in a process Australians increasingly hate. Polls have suggested Morrison will have one of the shortest terms of any Australian prime minister with an election just months away.

Critics say its success has been a triumph of style over substance.

The satirical website Betoota Advocate called him the Scotty of marketing when he came to power and the description has grown in popularity ever since.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has been nicknamed Albo since he was a child, following a centuries-old Australian tradition of abbreviating names and often adding o at the end.

Similarly, Morrison is widely known as ScoMo. But there are speculations about the organic nature of this nickname.

That’s how I got labeled, so might as well accept it, Morrison said in 2017 when as treasurer he added ScoMo to his Facebook account name.

Morrison presents himself as an ordinary Australian family man who is passionate about his Pentecostal church in Sydney and his local National Rugby League football team, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

His character is described as Daggy Dad, an affectionate Australian term for an old-fashioned dad who can be fun but can also be a source of embarrassment for teenagers.

During a family profile for Australia’s nationally broadcast 60 Minutes current affairs program in February, he sang an amateur rendition of a 1970s rock song April Sun in Cuba while strumming a ukulele.

He is the son of policeman and one-term mayor John Morrison and a descendant of British convict William Roberts, who arrived in Australia in 1788 with the first fleet of 11 ships that established the penal colony that became Sydney.

He promoted tourism for the Australian and New Zealand governments before entering politics.

He is seen by some as an incongruous mix of a committed Christian who has made a name for himself by bolstering a refugee policy that many religious groups have condemned as inhumane.

Morrison rose to prominence when the Conservative coalition government was first elected under Prime Minister Tony Abbott in 2013 as the minister who stopped asylum seekers trying to reach Australian shores by boat .

Australia has used the navy to send boats back to Indonesia, where it banished refugees to remote immigration camps in the impoverished Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

The policy has been widely condemned as a callous abrogation of Australia’s international obligations to help refugees. Australia’s human rights watchdog found in 2014 that Morrison failed to act in the best interests of asylum-seeking children in detention.

Morrison explained his deep belief in the rightness of crushing human trafficking and keeping people safe who are tempted to board rickety boats to make the long and perilous journey to Australia.

Boats have stopped arriving and the government recently decided to neutralize the plight of the refugees still languishing on the islands by accepting an offer from New Zealand to resettle 150 people a year.

Morrison remains proud of refugee politics. He has a trophy in the shape of the silhouette of a smuggler’s boat on which are inscribed the words: I Stopped These.

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, an enemy of Morrison in his conservative Liberal Party, said the prime minister’s faith was a marketing ploy.

She described Morrison as the most ruthless person she had encountered in her public life.

He’s adept at running with foxes and hunting with dogs, lacking a moral compass and having no conscience, Fierravanti-Wells said in his last speech to the Senate in March.

His actions conflict with his portrayal as a man of faith. He used his so-called faith as a marketing advantage, she added.

Morrison spoke about the influence of his Christian faith on his politics during his maiden speech in Parliament in 2008.

So what values ​​can I derive from my faith? Morrisson asked.

My answer comes from Jeremiah, chapter 9:24: I am the Lord who exercises loving-kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things, saith the Lord, he said.

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