Scott Morrison Unveils His New-Look Cabinet
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced his new cabinet one week after the 'miracle' federal election which saw the Coalition returned to power.
While the cabinet will see some new additions, there will be plenty of familiar faces when ministers are sworn in on Wednesday, with several key MPs retaining their positions following the Coalition's successful election campaign.
Morrison began by announcing seven female ministers will be sworn-in to cabinet positions next week in what the PM described as "a record representation of women."
Bridget McKenzie was the first of the big announcements with Morrison revealing the Nationals MP -- who earlier served as Minister for Sport -- would be the nation's first female minister for Agriculture.
In another first, the PM also welcomed in the first ever Indigenous cabinet minister, with Ken Wyatt to take on the role of Minister of Indigenous Affairs.
Wyatt will become the first Indigenous Australian to hold the role, with the PM adding that he will be supported by a new national Indigenous Australian agency to be set up within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
In another big change for the cabinet, the PM announced Melissa Price has been dumped as Environment Minister, and will now be Defence Industry Minister.
Price will now work alongside the defence team headed by new Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds.
Addressing Price's removal from cabinet, Morrison insisted the former environment minister had "asked for a new challenge" and that he was "happy to give her one".
The environment portfolio will now be headed by Sussan Ley, while Angus Taylor will remain as minister for energy.
The PM said the energy portfolio will now also take on the role of emissions reduction responsibility with a focus on meeting the 2030 emissions targets.
Unsurprisingly, Josh Frydenburg, Peter Dutton, Mathias Cormann, Dan Tehan and Greg Hunt will remain in their current cabinet roles.
The PM also announced foreign minister Marise Payne would add to her existing duties by taking on an additional portfolio and becoming the Minister for Women.
Morrison also made the much-anticipated announcement on two ambassadorial positions to the United States and the United Nations.
NSW Senator Arthur Sinodinos is now set to become Australia's next ambassador to the US while Victorian Senator Mitch Fifield will become the next ambassador to the UN.
In other announcements, Stuart Robert has been promoted to cabinet and will serve as Government Services Minister and will oversee the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Alex Hawke will be International Development Minister and assistant Defence Minister, in a bid to build stronger defence and economic ties with the Pacific.
Both men were key supporters of Morrison in his bid to replace Malcolm Turnbull in August.
Michael Sukkar, who quit a previous role in August in a bid to get Peter Dutton into the top job, has been brought in from the cold as assistant treasurer to oversee the first home loan deposit scheme.
Nationals MP David Littleproud has been given water resources, natural disasters, and emergency management, while Alan Tudge will be Population Minister and Richard Colbeck will take Aged Care, Youth and Sport.
Attorney-General Christian Porter will add Leader of the House to his workload, replacing Christopher Pyne in managing the day-to-day of parliament tactics.
Morrison took his time choosing his new-look ministry after last weekend's surprise federal election win, according to a senior government minister.
"These are never easy decisions for prime ministers in terms of crafting the best cabinet for the future," Senator Simon Birmingham told Sky News earlier on Sunday.
"I feel for any colleague that may miss out in such a process but the PM has to do what is right," Birmingham said.
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