9 Things You Should Know About Prime Minister Scott Morrison
After a long five-week campaign, we finally have a winner. Here are some fast facts about Australia's Prime Minister elect.
1. He was raised in the Sydney seaside suburb of Bronte. He has been the Member for Cook, centred around the Sutherland shire and Cronulla, since 2007.
2. He was a child actor. Morrison had a brief stint in another type of spotlight as a kid, appearing in an ad for Vicks cough drops, as well as some amateur acting in theatre shows.
3. He's a Sharks tragic. Like, really tragic. Morrison is a regular at Cronulla NRL games, decked out head-to-toe in Sharks merchandise, and even had a specially-made cake in the team's colours for his birthday.
4. He met his wife when he was 12. Morrison met his wife in church at the age of 12, before going on to marry her at 21. They now have two daughters together.
5. He's a Taurus. So if you're into that sort of thing, you can draw your own conclusions. Coincidentally, his birthday is just one day after Bill Shorten's. The Labor leader was born on May 12, 1967, while Morrison was born on May 13, 1968.
6. He had a career in tourism that kicked off in New Zealand. After studying economic geography at the University of NSW, he moved into the tourism sector. Morrison helped launch the successful "100% Pure New Zealand" campaign. Back on home turf, ScoMo was responsible for the infamous 'Where the bloody hell are you?' tourism campaign.
7. He has spent time as treasurer, social services minister, and immigration minister. He rose to prominence by spearheading the "Stop The Boats" campaign. His hard-line approach drew criticism over offshore processing centres and condemnation from the United Nations about children in detention.
8. He gave the 'hug of death' to Malcolm Turnbull. Just days before Turnbull was dumped as Prime Minister, Morrison famously threw his arms around the Member for Wentworth, declaring "this is my leader". Morrison has been followed by claims and theories ever since that his followers had quietly mounted a campaign to undermine and force Turnbull from the top job.
9. He's a devout Christian. In his maiden speech, he quoted the Bible verse Jeremiah 9:24: "I am the Lord who exercises loving-kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things, declares the Lord."
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