Scott Morrison is to be Australia’s new head administrator after Malcolm Turnbull was constrained out by party equals in a wounding initiative challenge.

Mr Turnbull had been experiencing strain from poor surveying and what he depicted as a “revolt” by traditionalist MPs.

Mr Morrison, the treasurer, won an inside poll 45-40 over previous Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton – who had been Mr Turnbull’s most vocal danger.

Mr Turnbull is the fourth Australian PM in 10 years to be removed by partners.

“It has been such a benefit to be the pioneer of this incredible country. I cherish Australia. I cherish Australians,” he said on Friday.

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