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Updated January 23rd, 2024 at 16:22 IST

Australia's Ex PM, Scott Morrison Quits Politics For "New Challenges In Corporate Sector"

After 16 years in parliament, the veteran politician is stepping down as the representative for a Sydney suburb next month.

Reported by: Manasvi Asthana
Former prime minister Scott Morrison set to quit politics at end of February
Former prime minister Scott Morrison set to quit politics at end of February | Image:AP
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Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday Jan 23 his departure from politics to pursue a business career, marking the end of a controversial political journey.

The veteran politician revealed that he would step down as the representative for a Sydney suburb next month, concluding his 16-year stint in parliament.

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Morrison expressed his intention to embrace "new challenges in the global corporate sector."

The conservative leader, Scott Morrison, steered Australia through the devastating 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires and the Covid-19 pandemic, implementing strict border closures.

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Known for his strong support of the fossil fuel industry, Morrison made headlines by bringing a lump of coal into parliament to emphasize its safety. He often asserted, without evidence, that arson outweighed climate change as a cause of wildfires.

His tenure was marked by a penchant for secrecy notably angering France with a clandestine deal for US and British nuclear submarine technology. 

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Morrison's unilateral actions during the Covid crisis, including self-appointments to ministerial roles without public or cabinet notification, further contributed to a controversial legacy.

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Published January 23rd, 2024 at 16:22 IST

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