Malcolm Turnbull (2015 – )

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Malcolm Turnbull became Australia’s 29th prime minister on September 15, 2015.

Turnbull had resigned as Minister for Communications in Tony Abbott’s Liberal-Nationals coalition government on September 14. He announced that he would challenge Abbott’s leadership and charged that Abbott had failed to articulate the government’s economic policies. He cited 30 consecutive losses in Newspoll in support of his argument that the Australian electorate had given up on Abbott.

In the leadership ballot on September 14, 2015, Turnbull defeated Abbott by 54-44.

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