Mixed reviews for Turnbull’s new Cabinet

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Cabinet reshuffle received mixed reviews yesterday across varying parts of the nation's economy, but was largely welcomed.

Business groups were mainly supportive of the changes, although the decision to cut the small business portfolio from Cabinet was criticised.

Small business's loss was local government's gain.

Australian Local Government Association president Troy Pickard welcomed the news Nationals Deputy Leader and Cabinet member Senator Fiona Nash would add the portfolio to her regional development role.

Although tourism missed out on an exclusive minister, regional tourism operators welcomed news the Nationals' Keith Pitt would be assistant minister to Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo.

Tourism Accommodation Australia chief Martin Ferguson said Mr Pitt's addition would help ensure a regional voice was present.

"The fact that a regionally based MP has been appointed assistant minister is encouraging because it is in regional Australia where we face some of the greatest challenges confronting the industry," Mr Ferguson said.

"In particular, the backpacker tax is threatening the supply of labour to regional areas and the government needs to act quickly to confirm that the measure will be suspended permanently."

While some environment groups criticised the appointment of Josh Frydenberg as Energy and Environment Minister - and the linking of the portfolios - business groups and WWF Australia backed the move, citing how closely policies in both areas are already related.

Most of the key Cabinet roles remained the same. Treasurer Scott Morrison will again work with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, but former assistant treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer has been made Revenue Minister.

While Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief James Pearson backed the new Cabinet, he urged Mr Turnbull to "stay the course" on budget repair and economic reform.

Mr Pearson said he particularly looked forward to Mr Turnbull "honouring his pledge" to cut company taxes, implement the government youth employment programs and restore the building industry watchdog.

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