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Australia elects new PM

China says position on ties unchanged


Scott Morrison was sworn in as Australia's seventh prime minister in 11 years Friday after a stunning party revolt against Malcolm Turnbull, which the new leader admitted had left the government "bruised and battered."

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said on Friday that China is willing to work with the new Australian government to push forward China-Australia relations.

During a routine press conference, Lu congratulated Morrison, saying that China's position on developing China-Australia ties is consistent and clear.

"We believe that a sound and stable development of China-Australia relations serves the common interests of both peoples and is conducive to regional and world's peace, stability and prosperity."

Former home affairs minister Peter Dutton, an ex-police officer and right-winger, was the driving force behind the move to oust Turnbull after a Liberal Party backlash against his more moderate policies.

But after a torrid week of political manoeuvring in Canberra it was Morrison, a Turnbull ally who served as treasurer, who won a party vote 45-40. He was officially sworn in as Australia's 30th prime minister late Friday in a ceremony in the capital.

Environment minister Josh Frydenberg - who was elected as the deputy Liberal leader - was sworn in as treasurer.

Morrison - an evangelical Christian known as "ScoMo" - replaced a man who became the latest in a long line of leaders knifed in the back by ambitious colleagues.  

The fresh outbreak of political instability was met with renewed public disgust toward the political class - already among the least trusted profession in the country despite an unprecedented era of prosperity.

Morrison admitted the extraordinary scenes in the nation's capital had taken a heavy toll on parliament and the Liberal Party.

"Our job... is to ensure that we not only bring our party back together, which has been bruised and battered this week, but that will ensure we bring the parliament back together, that we can continue to work to ensure that our country stays close together."

He said his top priority was to help farmers in New South Wales struggling through one of the worst droughts in half a century.

"This is our most urgent and pressing need right now," Morrison said.

Dutton, who Turnbull accused of bullying and intimidation in the move to knife him, pledged "absolute loyalty" to Morrison.

Turnbull survived one attempt to oust him on Tuesday, but ministers then began defecting, throwing the government into crisis.

His departure from politics will spark a by-election for his Sydney seat, threatening the government's wafer-thin one-seat parliamentary majority.

He used his final press conference to lash out at the "wreckers" in his party.

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