Scott Morrison was sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia on August 24, 2018 after being elected leader of the Liberal Party. He was first elected as the Federal Member for Cook in 2007.
Having spent more than a decade in the Australian Parliament, and during his time as Prime Minister, Scott Morrison established his reputation as a passionate advocate for his local community as well as a vocal legislator for difficult social, political and economic policies, spanning three separate Cabinet portfolios prior to being elected to the role of Prime Minister.
As Prime Minister, Scott Morrison was instrumental in guiding Australia through the COVID-19 pandemic. Through such an uncertain time, the Morrison government initiated JobKeeper – one of the most successful economic support programs in Australia’s history. It was more than just a wage subsidy, it was a program that saved more than 700,000 jobs while largely supporting small businesses (equating to 97% of the recipients).
In the 2022-23 Federal Budget, it included the biggest turnaround in Australia’s finances in over 70 years. While Scott Morrison was Prime Minister, Australia was one of a small number of countries to maintain a AAA credit rating from all three major rating agencies, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, treasury predicted unemployment could reach 15%. However, just before the calling of the 2022 Federal Election, unemployment fell to just 4% – equal lowest in 48 years.
During his time as Treasurer, his achievements included reducing the deficit, getting debt under control, maintaining Australia’s AAA credit rating, record jobs growth, cutting corporate and personal income taxes, ensuring multinationals pay their fair share of tax and reforming Australia’s banking and financial system.
Scott Morrison is from the Sutherland Shire in Sydney’s south. He is married to Jenny and has two young daughters. He is a ‘netball dad’, a member of his local church, number one ticket holder of his beloved NRL Cronulla Sutherland Sharks and a big Tina Arena fan.