Malcolm Turnbull Is the New Prime Minister of Australia! Here's What We Know About Him
Malcolm Turnbull has become the 29th prime minister of Australia after staging a shock leadership spill against current PM Tony Abbott. While there's been talk of instability around Abbott's tenure — which lasted one year and 361 days — the spill was not expected to come as swiftly and convincingly as it did.
On Monday afternoon, Turnbull, 60, resigned from his position as communications minister. He then announced his plans to challenge Abbott for the leadership, with the backing of Foreign Affairs minister Julie Bishop. Turnbull and Bishop both made Abbott aware of their plans late Monday afternoon, before voting got underway at 9:15 p.m. AEST. After an approximately 30-minute wait, it was announced: Malcolm Turnbull secured 54 votes against Tony Abbott's 44, making him the new leader of our country and Julie Bishop his deputy. So who is Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull? Read on for the vital facts.