Morrison looks to future with new ministry

The new prime minister has taken little time to announce a new frontbench which keeps experience in place while promoting new talent.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces his front bench.

Scott Morrison says his new ministry will prepare the government for an election. Source: AAP

Scott Morrison is hoping to move on quickly from the political circus of last week by bringing together some of the coup instigators and Turnbull backers under the one tent.

But before his new 23-member cabinet and wider ministry is sworn in on Tuesday, he will tour western Queensland to get a first-hand picture of the drought.


Later in the week he will head to Jakarta as the final touches are put to the Indonesia-Australia comprehensive economic partnership agreement.

Mr Morrison said his new ministry - which includes some of those behind the toppling of Malcolm Turnbull - would bring healing to the coalition and prepare the government for an election due by May 2019.

It includes six women - up from five under Mr Turnbull - but three-quarters of his full ministry is male.

Peter Dutton has retained the Home Affairs portfolio.
Peter Dutton has retained the Home Affairs portfolio. Source: AAP

"This new Liberal-National team is a next-generation team," Mr Morrison told reporters on Sunday, noting that it would also bring "healing" after a divisive week in which Mr Turnbull was dumped.

New Treasurer Josh Frydenberg's former role as both environment and energy minister has been split between Rhodes scholar Angus Taylor (Energy) and WA lawyer Melissa Price (Environment).

It will enable Mr Taylor to come up with a policy to cut power prices and provide reliable electricity, while Ms Price focuses on emissions and issues such as the Great Barrier Reef.

Despite his role in the destabilisation of Mr Turnbull last week, Peter Dutton remains Home Affairs Minister but loses his immigration role to Sydney MP David Coleman.

"We need a strong focus on our immigration program so it brings the skills and the harmony and the unity that we want from the program," Mr Morrison said of the change.

"The minister for home affairs will focus on everything from cybersecurity to law enforcement to border protection, security agencies, and will focus more principally on security tasks."

Victorian MP Alan Tudge will take on population and infrastructure, which Mr Morrison said was "one of the larger challenges that I know is burning in the minds and conversations of Australians."

"Alan Tudge is the minister for congestion busting."

Marise Payne will take over from Julie Bishop as the new Foreign Affairs Minister.
Marise Payne will take over from Julie Bishop as the new Foreign Affairs Minister. Source: AAP

With Julie Bishop going to the backbench and expected to retire from parliament at the next election, former Defence Minister Marise Payne takes on Foreign Affairs.

Christopher Pyne moves across to Defence, formerly held by Senator Payne, and former Trade Minister Steve Ciobo will replace him as Defence Industry Minister.

Dan Tehan has been moved into the troubled education portfolio while his predecessor Simon Birmingham moves to trade and tourism.

Mitch Fifield, who quit the cabinet last week, returns to communications, while Greg Hunt retains health.

Mathias Cormann has been returned as finance minister and Senate leader.

Former Small Business Minister Craig Laundy and Local Government Minister John McVeigh have also stood down from the front bench.

Mr Morrison has brought back the old portfolio of Industrial Relations, handing it to Kelly O'Dwyer who will oversee the coalition's attacks on union misconduct while also taking a fresh look at productivity gains from workplace reform.

David Coleman will have the new responsibilities of immigration and citizenship.
David Coleman will have the new responsibilities of immigration and citizenship. Source: AAP

Neither former prime minister Tony Abbott nor former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce were returned to the ministry.

But Mr Joyce was made special envoy for drought assistance and drought recovery, ahead of Mr Morrison visiting drought-hit western Queensland on Monday.

Brisbane-based former frontbencher Jane Prentice will retire at the next election.

Barnaby Joyce has been appointment as the special envoy for drought assistance.
Barnaby Joyce has been appointment as the special envoy for drought assistance. Source: AAP

Who's who in the new cabinet

- Scott Morrison - Prime Minister

- Michael McCormack - Deputy Prime Minister, Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development;

- Josh Frydenberg - Treasurer

- Peter Dutton - Home Affairs

- Nigel Scullion - Indigenous Affairs

- Bridget McKenzie - Regional Services, Sport, Local Government, Decentralisation

- Christopher Pyne - Defence

- Marise Payne - Foreign Affairs

- Simon Birmingham - Trade, Tourism, Investment

- Christian Porter - Attorney-General

- Steve Ciobo - Defence Industry

- Mitch Fifield - Communications; Arts

- Mathias Cormann - Finance, Public Service

- Melissa Price - Environment

- Greg Hunt - Health

- Matt Canavan - Resources and Northern Australia

- David Littleproud - Agriculture; Water

- Kelly O'Dwyer - Jobs, Industrial Relations and Women

- Michaelia Cash - Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education

- Karen Andrews - Industry, Science and Technology

- Dan Tehan - Education

- Paul Fletcher - Family and Social Services

- Angus Taylor - Energy 


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Published 26 August 2018 at 4:36pm