New Turnbull cabinet to be sworn in today

New Turnbull cabinet to be sworn in today

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s new cabinet will be sworn in today after it was unveiled in Canberra yesterday afternoon.

The new look frontbench will include more women than the Abbott government, with Marise Payne to become Australia’s first female Defence Minister, while Senator Michaelia Cash takes on Tony Abbott’s Minister for Women portfolio and the employment portfolio.

Meanwhile Kelly O’Dwyer has been promoted to Assistant Treasurer and Small Business Minister, with Julie Bishop to retain her position as Foreign Minister, as will Sussan Ley who retains the Health portfolio.

Former Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has been named the new Treasurer, while Mitch Fifield replaces Mr Turnbull as Communications Minister.

The new look frontbench means Joe Hockey, Tony Abbott, Kevin Andrews, Eric Abetz and Bruce Bilson all move to the back bench.

A number of new portfolios have also been introduced under Mr Turnbull with there to be a Minister for Cities, a Minister for Science and a Minister for Multiculturalism.

But he has been criticised for failing to establish a number of key portfolios including a Minister for Disablity, Mental Health or Aged Care.

HOCKEY TIPPED TO BECOME NEXT AMBASSADOR TO THE US

One of the biggest shocks from the reshuffle comes from former Treasurer Joe Hockey who has announced he intends to resign from parliament in due course, after deciding not to seek a position in the cabinet.

The decision has increased speculation Mr Turnbull is considering giving Mr Hockey the role in the US when current ambassador Kim Beazley leaves the position next year.

“I believe he has a further contribution to make in our nation’s service,” Mr Turnbull said when unveiling the new cabinet, but would give no other details.

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