Cormann coy on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ministry plans

Prime Minister Scott Morrison could announce his new cabinet line-up as early as Sunday following the government’s surprise federal election win last weekend but Finance Minister Mathias Cormann is keeping tight-lipped on the matter.

“The Prime Minister is considering all of these matters,” Senator Cormann told reporters in Perth on Saturday.

Senator Cormann is expected to stay in the Finance portfolio but again he was coy on the issue.

media_cameraThe Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann looks on during a press conference at the Commonwealth Parliamentary offices, Melbourne. Picture: AAP/James Ross

“I am very happy to serve whatever capacity the Prime Minister sees fit,” he said.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg are also set to stay in the same roles.

media_cameraFederal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton thanks supporters in Strathpine after his victory against Ali France in the Federal Election on Election Night in Brisbane, Saturday, 18 May, 2019. Picture: AAP/Glenn Hunt

However, the retirement of Christopher Pyne, Nigel Scullion and Kelly O’Dwyer at the election has opened up three positions in the 22-strong Cabinet.

media_cameraAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison along with assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific Anne Ruston. Picture: AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Liberal MPs Alan Tudge, Michael Sukkar, Scott Buchholz, Anne Ruston and Sussan Ley are all thought to be in the mix for promotion.

media_cameraSussan Ley, Member for Farrer, at the Tocumwal Golf & Bowls Club. Picture: Hollie Adams/The Australian

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Attorney-General Christian Porter is expected to add Leader of the House to his workload, replacing Mr Pyne in managing the day-to-day of Parliament tactics. Health Minister Greg Hunt, Education Minister Dan Tehan and Foreign Minister Marise Payne are likely to keep their spots.

media_cameraPrime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne during a meeting at the Commonwealth Parliament Offices in Sydney, Monday, May 20, 2019. Picture: AAP/Joel Carrett

West Australian minister Ken Wyatt is tipped to take on indigenous affairs, becoming the first indigenous Australian to hold the role – a priority policy area for the Prime Minister over the coming term.

There is speculation Environment Minister Melissa Price’s portfolio could be scaled back, but she will keep the job.

media_cameraAustralian Environment Minister Melissa Price speaks during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra. Picture: AAP/Lukas Coch

A rise in Liberal MP numbers is expected to push down the quota of Nationals ministers in the Cabinet from five to four, which is calculated on a proportional basis.

media_cameraAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Australian Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. Picture: AAP/Lukas Coch

This would leave Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie, David Littleproud and Matt Canavan in Cabinet.

media_cameraTreasurer Josh Frydenberg and Senator Bridget McKenzie are seen during the annual Long Walk celebrations before the Dreamtime at the ‘G clash between Essendon and Richmond in Melbourne. Picture: AAP/Erik Anderson

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Originally published as Cormann coy on PM’s ministry plans

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