New Australian PM selects cabinet, foreign affairs minister resigns

28 August, 2018, 08:56 | Author: Rachel Logan
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Julie Bishop was reflecting on her five years as Australia's first woman foreign minister after she quit the Cabinet following an unsuccessful bid last week to become prime minister.

Despite his new remit, Australia is still without a dedicated cybersecurity minister since Morrison was voted in as Australia's new prime minister on Friday.

"She is rightfully praised as one of the best Foreign Ministers in the world", Ms Banks said in a statement.

Tony Abbott, who was prime minister before Mr Turnbull and is a key ally of Mr Dutton, declared on Monday that the government would not turn against Mr Morrison.

"I thank Julie for her loyalty and friendship over many years but especially as my Deputy".

"Be aware that this is a ruse trying to get her ahead of Morrison so he drops out and his votes to Dutton".

Opposition agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon said the position would allow the former Nationals leader to campaign across Australia at public expense.

"As you know, I have always said that the best place for former prime ministers is out of the Parliament, and recent events demonstrate why", Mr Turnbull wrote. David Littleproud remains the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. As the minister responsible for immigration, he angered many Australians who saw his treatment of refugees and asylum seekers as harsh and heartless.

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Christopher Pyne was promoted to oversee defense and Steven Ciobo was named minister for the defense industry. There is no ministerial portfolio for Mr Abbott.

Morrison also split the role of Energy and Environment minister, naming Melissa Price as environment minister and selecting Angus Taylor to head energy.

Michaelia Cash who was also in the final trio to withdraw their support for the embattled former PM will return to the front bench to take care of small and family businesses, skills and vocational education.

Morrison said his cabinet was prepared to "tackle the big challenges that are before us with some new ideas and a fresh emphasis while restoring some of the emphasis of the times past", Bloomberg reported.

The new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison shakes hands with the new Treasurer Josh Frydenberg after the swearing-in ceremony in Canberra, Australia August 24, 2018.

'We've communicated. He was on his way to Quilpie [a drought-affected Queensland town], and we'll be talking in the days ahead, ' he said.

Mr Turnbull's seat in the wealthy Sydney enclave of Wentworth is traditionally a Liberal safe haven, although a backlash against the government's political infighting could make this less certain.

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