2000 to 2009
24 Nov 2007: 1st elected to Federal Parliament
Morrison was elected as Member of Parliament for the seat of Cook (NSW), in the 42nd federal election.
2010 to 2019
18 Sep 2013: Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Morrison was appointed Minister for Immigration and Border Protection in the newly elected Abbott government. He announced ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’, the government’s new strategy to stop unauthorised arrivals into Australia by boat.
23 Dec 2014: Minister for Social Services
After a Cabinet reshuffle, Morrison was appointed Minister for Social Services in the Abbott government.
21 Sep 2015: Treasurer
Morrison was appointed Treasurer by new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
24 Aug 2018: 30th Prime Minister
Turnbull resigned his leadership of the Liberal Party. After winning the leadership ballot, Morrison was sworn in as Prime Minister.
30 Aug 2018: Visit to Indonesia
Morrison travelled to Jakarta for the Australia–Indonesia Business Forum and met with President Joko Widodo to announce a free-trade deal between the 2 nations.
22 Oct 2018: National Apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse
After the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Morrison delivered a national apology in Parliament to the thousands of Australians who were victims of this abuse.
26 Oct 2018: National Drought Summit
With much of eastern Australia suffering from severe drought throughout 2017 and 2018, the Morrison government hosted a National Drought Summit, bringing together representatives from farming, agribusiness, governmental, banking and finance and community organisations. As part of the Summit, Morrison announced a $5 billion fund for drought relief.
8 Nov 2018: ‘Pivot to the Pacific’
The Morrison government announced an increased emphasis on Pacific nations in Australia’s international relations, including increased defence cooperation and a $2 billion infrastructure development fund.
1 Feb 2019: Banking Royal Commission
The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry submitted its report to the Governor-General. The report detailed significant cases of misconduct by banks, insurance companies and other actors in the industry. The Morrison government released its response to the report on 4 February, supporting the findings of the Royal Commission and agreeing to take action on the recommendations made in the report.
12 Feb 2019: Medical transfer of refugees
After a defeat on the floor of the House of Representatives, the Morrison government was forced to accept amendments to legislation which facilitated the evacuation of asylum seekers from Nauru and Manus Island for medical care in Australia. The amendments were later repealed on 4 December.
18 May 2019: 46th federal election
The Coalition under Morrison retained government and increased its majority by 1 seat.
1 July 2019: 27th Governor-General
General David Hurley, a former senior Australian Army officer, was appointed as Australia’s 27th Governor-General.
4 July 2019: Income tax cuts
With the support of Labor, the Morrison government passed legislation to provide income tax cuts of $158 billion.
9 Nov 2019: ‘Black Summer’ bushfires
Queensland declared a state of emergency in response to severe bushfires burning since September. Other states soon follow as catastrophic fires burned across eastern Australia between September and March, killing 33 people, destroying more than 3000 homes and burning more than 17 million hectares of land.
2020 to 2029
25 Jan 2020: Coronavirus pandemic
The first Australian case of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was confirmed in Victoria. Further cases were soon reported in other states, with the first death reported in Western Australia on 1 March.
13 Mar 2020: National Cabinet
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Morrison government formed a National Cabinet with state and territory leaders. In the following weeks, the government announced new measures to combat the pandemic, including an international travel ban, closure of places of public gathering and enforced social distancing.