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Peter Dutton set to REPLACE Scott Morrison as the leader of the Liberal party

Peter Dutton set to REPLACE Scott Morrison as the leader

Peter Dutton prepares to REPLACE Scott Morrison as leader of the Liberal Party

Peter Dutton is likely to become the nation’s next opposition leader after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced he would resign after conceding electoral defeat.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who was touted as a future leader, is at risk of losing his job to independent Monique Ryan after suffering a more than 10 percent swing against him.

The party will choose a new leader at its next meeting, but Finance Minister Simon Birmingham has said it is not an urgent move for the opposition.

“There’s not as much urgency to that in the opposition, so I think we need to take that time to make sure we’re clear on who’s part of the team going forward,” he told ABC.

‘(We’re going to) then look very carefully at the options to decide that. Australia needs a strong alternative government.

The party is likely to wait until election results are finalized and party ward numbers are confirmed before meeting to choose a new leader, it added.

Senator Birmingham said the party needed to hear from the community after they faced electoral elimination in the inner city seats, with five “Green” independents set to claim victory over the Liberals.

“If the Liberal Party can listen and come together, in terms of listening to the messages that the electorate has sent us…and then come together in terms of how we respond to those, then we have a tremendous opportunity,” he said.

Sydney’s Allegra Spender, Sophie Scamps and Kylea Tink and former Melbourne journalist Zoe Daniel are freelancers on their way to claim seats.

But Frydenberg has so far refused to give Kooyong’s Melbourne seat to Ryan, but acknowledged it would be difficult to bridge the gap.

“While it is mathematically possible for us to win at Kooyong, it is definitely difficult,” he said.

In his award speech, Morrison said he hoped his treasurer and friend would keep his job.

‘Josh, I can’t just call a friend, I can refer to him as a brother. Josh and I have a deep and lasting friendship,” he said.

‘I want to wish you and your family all the best for the future. I hope those counts improve because Josh Frydenberg should stay in this Liberal Party and stay in the federal Parliament.’

Dutton also expressed regret for his fellow Liberals as he claimed victory at his Brisbane-based Dickson headquarters.

“As a liberal family, we have suffered a terrible day today. There are some amazing people who supported the Liberal Party day in and day out. Through the good times and the bad,’ he said.

They are suffering tonight. I want to acknowledge them. I want to acknowledge the work of the Prime Minister and Josh Frydenberg.’


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