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Australia has its 30th Prime Minister in Scott Morrison, defeating Peter Dutton 45 votes to 40 after Julie Bishop was eliminated in the first ballot. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg was elected deputy Liberal leader.

Morrison leapfrogged Dutton in the final ballot after garnering the moderate vote that had backed Bishop.

But will the extraordinary and chaotic senses in Canberra over the past few days only herald more uncertainty in the coming weeks and months?

They say a week is a long time in politics. The past few days in Canberra have arguably been the most eventful since the dismissal of the Whitlam Government in 1975.

The Super Saturday by-elections have come and gone and it has proven to be a positive result for Bill Shorten. Labor were successful in retaining all four seats they held going into the July 28 polls (including the marginal seats of Braddon and Longman), while the Coalition failed in its bid to wrestle back Mayo from Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie.

A roundup of an action-packed day in federal politics.

By Bernie Ripoll

Following the outcome of the “Super Saturday” by-elections many will pass off the results as a fait-accompli, but the mainstream media and polling certainly wasn’t espousing that view over the past 6 weeks.

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