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Scott Morrison

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison

Profession: Prime Minister of Australia

Nationality:
Australia
Australian

Why Famous: Morrison became leader of the Liberal Party in 2018 after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull fell to a leadership challenge, at which point Morrison was sworn in as Prime Minister, then leading the Liberal Party to another victory in the 2019 election. Prior to politics he had worked in the New Zealand Office of Tourism and Sport, then as managing director of Tourism Australia.

During the Abbott Government, following the 2013 election, he was Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. During this time he was in charge of Operation Sovereign Borders, which set a strong face against the rising tide of illegal immigration to Australia.

Under Morrison's government, there has been a deterioration of relations with China—particularly after a Chinese diplomatic posted an artistic representation of an Australian child holding a bloody knife to the throat of an Afghan child, referencing the Brereton Report. Morrison described the image as "repugnant" and demanded an official apology from the Chinese government, who rejected this request the following day.

Born: May 13, 1968
Birthplace: Waverley, Syndey, New South Wales, Australia
Age: 53 years old

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Taurus

Historical Events

  • 2018-08-24 Scott Morrison becomes Prime Minister of Australia after defeating Peter Dutton in a leadership spill, replacing Malcolm Turnbull
  • 2018-10-22 Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison makes a public apology to victims of child sexual abuse in institutions
  • 2019-02-18 Australian political parties hacked by a "sophisticated state actor" Prime Minister Scott Morrison says, just months ahead of general election
  • 2019-05-18 Australian federal elections won by Scott Morrison's coalition government in a surprise result
  • 2019-09-20 Australian PM Scott Morrison welcomed for week-long visit at the White House by US President Donald Trump
  • 2020-01-04 Australian bushfires death toll reaches 23 as PM Scott Morrison announces national defense force will be employed to help fight the more than 200 fires, amid criticism of his leadership
  • 2020-06-19 Australian government and companies suffer a months-long state-based cyber attack according to PM Scott Morrison

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