Scott Morrison Kicks Off First Week As PM With Announcement Of New Ministry
Dutton, Cash, Cormann and Payne will all return to the cabinet alongside other familiar faces.
Peter Dutton has been stripped of the immigration portfolio but will remain as Home Affairs minister after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced his new-look front bench.
In a big move, Marise Payne will take on the Foreign Affairs portfolio, after Julie Bishop announced earlier on Sunday that she had resigned from the cabinet and would be retreating to the back bench.
Dutton, the man who launched a bid for the top job setting off a week of political turmoil, will return as Home Affairs Minister but his portfolio will now be split with David Coleman who will take on the Immigration and Citizenship portfolio.
"Immigration, of course, forms part of national security policy, but it also has always played an important role in economic and social policy, and I've had quite a bit of experience with this myself," Morrison said in announcing the portfolio reversal.
"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. We are the most successful immigration country on earth."
The announcement comes as Morrison looks to quickly move the government away from a hellish week for the government which ultimately saw Malcolm Turnbull from power.
Speaking on Julie Bishops' decision to step back from the front bench, Morrison said he would have welcomed her into the Ministry but thanked the outgoing Foreign Affairs Minister for her decade of service to the Liberal Party, adding that she would continue to be a passionate campaigner into the future.
"I'm sure many of us, especially my female colleagues, will look to her as a great support," Morrison said, adding that Bishop had strongly recommended Payne to take over her position.
Mathias Cormann will also remain in his position as Finance Minister and leader of the Government in the Senate, after earlier this week becoming one of the last of the MPs to withdraw his support from Turnbull.
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.
"There is no business in the country that I don't expect that Michaelia Cash won't visit over the next six months or so."
"I know [she] will bring a great deal of enthusiasm to that task."
Greg Hunt will remain in his role as health minister, while Angus Taylor will become the minister for Energy, taking on the role from Josh Frydenburg who was overwhelmingly elected party deputy earlier this week.
Morrison also announced a change to the education portfolio, acknowledging critical issues in the area, which will now be covered by Dan Tehan, while the outgoing minister Simon Birmingham will move to the trade, tourism and investment portfolio.
Morrison said his new cabinet will provide necessary stability to the government and bring fresh ideas to tackle big challenges.
"We will begin the work of healing that is needed after these most recent events."
Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has also been handed a new role as the special envoy for drought assistance and recovery.
Morrison became Australia's 30th Prime Minister on Friday after beating Dutton 45-40 in a leadership spill.