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New Australian prime minister makes first official visit to drought-hit Queensland

2018-08-27 18:58
New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison toured drought-hit Queensland on Monday (August 27) as he sought to show voters that after a week of turmoil the government was back at work, but a leading opinion poll showed the scale of the task facing him. Morrison became Australia's sixth prime minister in less than a decade on Friday (August 24) after a conservative faction of the Liberal Party drove the ouster of Malcolm Turnbull but then failed to get their candidate elected as leader. Morrison spoke about continuing the drought relief efforts underway in parts of Australia hit by the dry spell, as well as putting the recent "pretty tumultuous" period during the party ballot behind him, during the visit. However, a Newspoll published by The Australian newspaper, showed Australians' support for the ruling Liberal-National Coalition dropped four points to 33 percent -- its lowest in a decade. It also showed opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten is now preferred prime minister.