Malcolm Turnbull, the newly appointed Prime Minister of Australia, has started to build his cabinet. The Liberal MPs have been told that a reshuffle of the cabinet is ‘inevitable ‘and the process will last through this weekend.
The Treasurer of Australia, Joe Hockey, has been widely touted as the future Communications Minister. Questioned on the topic, he said that he had had his discussions with the Prime Minister and will leave it to him. He further refused to reveal details saying, “I have always been loyal and supportive of leaders. And that is not going to change.”
It is also expected that Malcolm Turnbull will promote Scott Morrison as the new Treasurer, says a source. Morrison is currently the head of the Social Services Department.
The Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is said to have offered his resignation to the new leader Turnbull through a text message, which he neither has confirmed nor denied. “We don’t have any comment to make on that”, said Dutton’s spokeswoman when questioned about his resignation. The Immigration Minister had been in strong support of Tony Abbott, predicting that he would win the ballot.
The Defense Minister Kevin Andrews has decided to put forward his portfolio emphasizing on retention in the new cabinet; he would argue with Turnbull that ‘continuity’ is important. The Assistant Infrastructure Minister is under a cloud, with no official word.
The Attorney General George Brandis said that he ‘expected to be there’, welcoming the refreshment of the frontbench team. The Environment Minister Greg Hunt commented that he was confident about his future personally and would be delighted to continue.
Among those who have a chance of promotion, stand the Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Queensland MP Wyatt Roy and the parliamentary Secretary, Christian Porter. They are viewed upon as great performers who have impressed colleagues and are in favorable positions for promotions. The Former Minister Mal Brough is making strong claims for returning to the cabinet.
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