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Scott Morrison is the Hillsong church’s most powerful parishioner and made Lara Bingle famous


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Scott Morrison is now the most powerful parishioner to emerge from the Hillsong Pentecostal mega church.

The 50-year-old son of a policeman today defeated former home affairs minister Peter Dutton, a former policeman, 45 votes to 40 to take over the Liberal leadership from Malcolm Turnbull, after Liberal MPs knocked out Julie Bishop in the first round of voting.

A year before entering parliament in 2007, Mr Morrison was the boss of Tourism Australia who made little-known 19-year-old bikini model Lara Bingle famous with controversial TV ads with the tagline, ‘Where the bloody hell are you?’.

 Scott Morrison is now the most powerful parishioner to emerge from the Hillsong Pentecostal mega church

 The 50-year-old son of a policeman today defeated former home affairs minister Peter Dutton, a former policeman, 45 votes to 40 to take over the Liberal leadership from Malcolm Turnbull

 The 50-year-old son of a policeman today defeated former home affairs minister Peter Dutton, a former policeman, 45 votes to 40 to take over the Liberal leadership from Malcolm Turnbull

The outgoing Treasurer, who worship’s at Hillsong’s Horizon church at Sutherland, in Sydney’s deep south, met his future wife Jenny at a Sydney church when they were just 12.

They started dating at age 16 before marrying at the age of 21. 

The devout Christian couple had to wait another 18 years before they conceived their first child, with 14 of those years spent enduring IVF attempts to become parents.

Their two daughters, however, were born naturally without IVF.

A year before entering parliament in 2007, Mr Morrison was the boss of Tourism Australia who made little-known 19-year-old bikini model Lara Bingle famous with controversial TV ads with the tagline, 'Where the bloody hell are you?'

A year before entering parliament in 2007, Mr Morrison was the boss of Tourism Australia who made little-known 19-year-old bikini model Lara Bingle famous with controversial TV ads with the tagline, ‘Where the bloody hell are you?’

Mr Morrison, who turned 50 in May, described the birth of his first daughter as a God-given ‘miracle’ after multiple procedures.

‘After 14 years of bitter disappointments, God remembered [Jenny’s] faithfulness and blessed us with our miracle child, Abbey Rose,’ he said.

As a child, Jenny would reportedly mock Scott about coming from the exclusive side of town. 

Jenny was raised in the working class St George area in Sydney’s south, while Mr Morrison grew up in Bronte in the city’s ritzy eastern suburbs.

Mr Morrison attended the prestigious Sydney Boys High School and embarked on a short-lived career as a child actor. 

Jenny and Scott Morrison met at a Sydney church when they were just 12 years old, before marrying at the age of 21

Jenny and Scott Morrison met at a Sydney church when they were just 12 years old, before marrying at the age of 21

He graduated from university and worked in tourism, playing roles in the ‘100% Pure New Zealand’ and Australia’s ‘Where the bloody hell are you?’ campaigns before winning in the seat of Cook in Sydney’s south in 2007.  

Mr Morrison, who was the New South Wales director of the Liberals, did this by having the party install him as a candidate in the safe seat in the Sutherland Shire, after he lost a preselection ballot to Richard Towke by 82 votes to eight.

In 2015, he ironically supported Tony Abbott in the Liberal leadership ballot but became Mr Turnbull’s most trusted lieutenant.

The socially-conservative opponent of gay marriage, who also stopped the boats as immigration minister, won over conservative Liberal MPs, who would otherwise have supported Mr Dutton. 

Mr Dutton, whose eligibility to remain in parliament was in doubt as the director of childcare centres receiving government subsidies, was the preferred candidate of the right faction. 

Mr Morrison was able to appeal to them along with moderate Liberal MPs from his home state of NSW, who would otherwise have supported Ms Bishop. 

He is the fifth consecutive federal Liberal leader to hail from Sydney since January 1995, following John Howard, Brendan Nelson, Mr Abbott and Mr Turnbull. 

 'After 14 years of bitter disappointments, God remembered [Jenny's] faithfulness and blessed us with our miracle child, Abbey Rose,' Mr Morrison said after the birth of their first child

 ‘After 14 years of bitter disappointments, God remembered [Jenny’s] faithfulness and blessed us with our miracle child, Abbey Rose,’ Mr Morrison said after the birth of their first child

As a child, Jenny would mock Scott about coming from the exclusive side of town. The Morrisons are pictured welcoming a new dog to the family

As a child, Jenny would mock Scott about coming from the exclusive side of town. The Morrisons are pictured welcoming a new dog to the family

Jenny was raised in the working class St George area in Sydney's south, while Mr Morrison grew up in Bronte in the city's ritzy eastern suburbs. The pair are pictured with their children

Jenny was raised in the working class St George area in Sydney’s south, while Mr Morrison grew up in Bronte in the city’s ritzy eastern suburbs. The pair are pictured with their children

POTENTIAL PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON REVEALS HIS RELIGIOUS DEVOTION IN MAIDEN SPEECH IN PARLIAMENT  

Growing up in a Christian home, I made a commitment to my faith at an early age and have been greatly assisted by the pastoral work of many dedicated church leaders, in particular the Reverend Ray Green and pastors Brian Houston and Leigh Coleman. 

My personal faith in Jesus Christ is not a political agenda. As Lincoln said, our task is not to claim whether God is on our side but to pray earnestly that we are on His. 

For me, faith is personal, but the implications are social- as personal and social responsibility are at the heart of the Christian message. 

In recent times it has become fashionable to negatively stereotype those who profess their Christian faith in public life as ‘extreme’ and to suggest that such faith has no place in the political debate of this country. 

Mr Morrison spoke of his deep Christian beliefs in his maiden speech in Parliament 

Mr Morrison spoke of his deep Christian beliefs in his maiden speech in Parliament 

This presents a significant challenge for those of us, like my colleague, who seek to follow the example of William Wilberforce or Desmond Tutu, to name just two. 

These leaders stood for the immutable truths and principles of the Christian faith. 

They transformed their nations and, indeed, the world in the process. More importantly, by following the convictions of their faith, they established and reinforced the principles of our liberal democracy upon which our own nation is built.

Australia is not a secular country – it is a free country. This is a nation where you have the freedom to follow any belief system you choose. 

Secularism is just one. It has no greater claim than any other on our society. As US Senator Joe Lieberman said, the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, not from religion. I believe the same is true in this country.

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