Morrison’s apology in parliament followed the release of last year’s report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Ties between Australia and China had hit a low after Canberra passed laws aimed at thwarting Chinese influence
More than 100 fire-fighters battling the blaze
In an unprecedented turnaround, Morrison won the party ballot 45-40
Morrison will replace current PM Turnbull after a Liberal party coup led to the prime minister's downfall.
Turnbull has said he will not stand in the contest
Turnbull survived one attempt to knife him on Tuesday, winning a party room vote 48-35
PM Ardern, who returned from six weeks' maternity congratulated her colleague.
The French president had thanked Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his 'delicious wife' for their warm welcome on his official visit