Melissa Price to be dumped from Ministry


Scott Morrison will announce his new Cabinet this afternoon, a week on from the Coalition’s shock election victory over Labor.

The Prime Minister has a few vacant spots to fill following the exits of Christopher Pyne, who was Defence Minister, and Kelly O’Dwyer, who held the Employment portfolio.

However, Mr Morrison made clear before the election that West Australian Senator Linda Reynolds would take on Defence, making her just the second woman to do so.

Senator Reynolds served in the Army Reserves for almost three decades and was the first female to hold a star rank, rising to brigadier in 2012.

Fellow WA politician Ken Wyatt is widely tipped to become the new Indigenous Affairs Minister, replacing Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion following his retirement.

Should that occur, it would make Mr Wyatt the first Indigenous person to take on the portfolio.

Apart from that, the PM isn’t expected to make any major changes at the top, with Josh Frydenberg continuing as Treasurer and Mathias Cormann retaining Finance.

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Peter Dutton will also stay on in Home Affairs and Christian Porter will remain Attorney-General, it’s expected.

There is some room for promotion and Mr Morrison could elevate a number of figures, including Victorian MP Michael Sukkar.

The portfolio to watch is Environment, with embattled Minister Melissa Price facing either a dramatically scaled back job or the loss of it entirely.

A report in The Australian today suggests she will lose her job, after dodging public events and the media during the election campaign.

Ms Price became something of a laughing stock, with the Opposition comparing her incredibly low profile on the hustings to a game of Where’s Wally.

Mr Morrison is on a high after last weekend’s unexpected victory, which saw the Coalition returned with a majority despite years of successive opinion polls pointing to a Labor victory.

He will confirm his team line-up on Sunday afternoon.



Source link Finance News Australia

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