Peter Dutton to be elected new leader of Liberal Party and Sussan Ley deputy leader


Peter Dutton will be voted in as the new leader of the Liberal Party today while Barnaby Joyce could be kicked out of the Nationals top job. 

Mr Dutton will replace Scott Morrison while former environment minister Sussan Ley will become the deputy leader when the Liberals meet on Monday.

He will become the first Queenslander to ever lead the party since it was formed in 1944.

The Nationals will also hold a leadership ballot with Mr Joyce facing off against deputy David Littleproud and former veterans’ affairs minister Darren Chester. 

Peter Dutton is set to be voted in as the new leader of the Liberal Party while Barnaby Joyce could be kicked out of the top job in the Nationals

Mr Dutton will replace Scott Morrison for the plum role while former environment minister Sussan Ley will become the deputy leader when the Liberals meet on Monday

Mr Dutton will replace Scott Morrison for the plum role while former environment minister Sussan Ley will become the deputy leader when the Liberals meet on Monday

Mr Dutton emerged as the clear favourite for the job after Mr Morrison’s expected successor, then-treasurer Josh Frydenberg, was unseated by a ‘teal’ independent.

Other candidates, mostly from the party’s centre, were put forward but with 10 moderates voted out at the election, Mr Dutton’s support only grew and he will be crowned unopposed.

Mr Dutton, a former police officer, spruiked his credentials for the job of opposition leader as he nominated for the position.

‘In a prime minister you need someone who won’t buckle in hard times and will stand up for our country and I have proven that in the portfolios I’ve had,’ he wrote on Facebook.

‘My work ethic is second to none and I have the skill and experience having served five leaders and have learnt from each.’

In his post, Mr Dutton vowed Australians would see another side to his character, after having held difficult portfolios.

‘I hope now, in moving from such tough portfolios, the Australian public can see the rest of my character. The side my family, friends and colleagues see.’

Mr Dutton also pledges to take the party back to its core values, and represent the aspirational ‘forgotten people’ regarded as the nation’s middle class.

‘We aren’t the Moderate Party. We aren’t the Conservative Party. We are Liberals,’ the post reads.

Mr Morrison stepped down as party leader to return to the backbench after losing the prime ministership last weekend to Labor’s Anthony Albanese, while Liberal deputy Mr Frydenberg lost his Victorian seat of Kooyong.

The Nationals will also hold a leadership ballot with Barnaby Joyce facing off against deputy David Littleproud and former veterans' affairs minister Darren Chester

The Nationals will also hold a leadership ballot with Barnaby Joyce facing off against deputy David Littleproud and former veterans’ affairs minister Darren Chester

The Nationals leadership is less clear, with its party facing a three-corner contest and Mr Joyce going up against Mr Littleproud (pictured) and Mr Chester

The Nationals leadership is less clear, with its party facing a three-corner contest and Mr Joyce going up against Mr Littleproud (pictured) and Mr Chester

Mr Albanese said he won’t underestimate Mr Dutton as opposition leader.

‘I never underestimate my opponents,’ he told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program.

‘I’ve been underestimated my whole life. I think there are some people who are regretting underestimating me over the last three years.’

The Nationals leadership is less clear, with its party facing a three-corner contest and Mr Joyce going up against Mr Littleproud and Mr Chester.

Mr Littleproud, the party’s high-profile deputy leader, announced on Saturday he’d told Mr Joyce of his decision to nominate.

‘I also took the opportunity to thank him for all his service to our party,’ Mr Littleproud said.

Mr Chester confirmed his nomination for the Nationals on Friday, pitching a fresh start for the party

Mr Chester confirmed his nomination for the Nationals on Friday, pitching a fresh start for the party

‘I feel this is the appropriate time to put myself forward for my party room’s consideration as their leader.

‘Ultimately, this is a decision on who will lead The Nationals to the 2025 election.’

Mr Chester confirmed his nomination on Friday, pitching a fresh start for the party.

‘Australians want a calmer, moderate and more respectful political debate which is focused on policies, not personalities,’ he said in a statement on Facebook.

The junior coalition partner will have its first post-election meeting on Monday where they will spill the leadership as per tradition.

On Tuesday, the factions of the victorious Labor Party will meet in Canberra to thrash out who will sit on the government frontbench, and those ministers will be sworn in by the governor-general on Wednesday. 

Clare O'Neil is set to replace Kristina Keneally after she lost her bid for the seat of Fowler while Jenny McAllister will stand in for Terri Butler who lost her seat of Griffith to the Greens

Clare O’Neil is set to replace Kristina Keneally after she lost her bid for the seat of Fowler while Jenny McAllister will stand in for Terri Butler who lost her seat of Griffith to the Greens

The Right is expected to hold 16 of the 30 positions available in the Labor ministry while the Left will have 14. 

Clare O’Neil is set to replace Kristina Keneally after she lost her bid for the seat of Fowler while Jenny McAllister will stand in for Terri Butler who lost her seat of Griffith to the Greens. 

Member for Lilley Anika Wells will replace Queenslander Shayne Neumann in the ministry while deputy leader Richard Marles will be shifted to defence.

Labor needs 76 seats to gain a majority in the lower house of federal parliament, with the party sitting on 75, according to the Australian Electoral Commission website.

The AEC considers three seats as in doubt – Deakin in Victoria, Lyons in Tasmania and Gilmore in NSW.

A fourth seat is also seen as tight by some pundits – the Victorian seat of Macnamara.

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