Scott Morrison entered parliament at the 2007 election, a former Liberal NSW branch director and managing director of Tourism Australia. At the time he was suspected of being a bit bleeding heart, in a happy-clappy kind of way. In his maiden speech he called for more spending on foreign aid.
All that changed in 2009, when new opposition leader Tony Abbott made him shadow immigration minister, a position he embraced, rhetorical bells, whistles and all, with great enthusiasm. Soon he was calling for lower immigration, railing against boats, complaining about refugees not working. A Tough Guy. Highly disciplined and not averse to harsh language, he shot to the top ranks of Liberal leaders in waiting.