Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to announce his cabinet today, retaining some of his most senior colleagues in their existing portfolios. Picture: AAP
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to announce his cabinet today, retaining some of his most senior colleagues in their existing portfolios. Picture: AAP

PM to announce new cabinet line-up

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison is set to unveil a new front bench team that keeps his most experienced colleagues in key positions.

The Prime Minister is likely to name his new frontbench line-up today just a week after he stunned political experts by defeating Labor's Bill Shorten in the race to The Lodge.

While it's understood he is keen to promote new blood to freshen the line-up and to ensure women are well represented, some of the Coalition's most senior players are expected to stay in their old portfolios.

Josh Frydenberg is expected to remain as Treasurer in the new-look Morrison cabinet. Picture: Hollie Adams.
Josh Frydenberg is expected to remain as Treasurer in the new-look Morrison cabinet. Picture: Hollie Adams.

This includes Josh Frydenberg as treasurer, Senator Mathias Cormann in finance, hardline right-winger Peter Dutton in home affairs, Senator Marise Payne in foreign affairs, Greg Hunt in health, and Dan Tehan in education.

Peter Dutton’s strong performance in the seat of Dickson means he is likely to retain the Home Affairs portfolio. Picture: AAP
Peter Dutton’s strong performance in the seat of Dickson means he is likely to retain the Home Affairs portfolio. Picture: AAP

Attorney-General Christian Porter is expected to remain in the job of attorney-general and to also pick up Leader of the House duties formerly held by the retired Christopher Pyne.

WA Liberal MP Christian Porter, pictured with wife Jen and daughter Florence, was once regarded the next Liberal Premier of WA before deciding to take on federal politics. He is likely to retain his role as Attorney-General and become Leader of the House. Picture: AAP
WA Liberal MP Christian Porter, pictured with wife Jen and daughter Florence, was once regarded the next Liberal Premier of WA before deciding to take on federal politics. He is likely to retain his role as Attorney-General and become Leader of the House. Picture: AAP

Mr Morrison made it clear before the election that WA Senator Linda Reynolds would take the defence portfolio, while much-criticised environment minister Melissa Price could retain a scaled-back version of her job after keeping a low profile during the campaign - following strict instructions to do so.

A key appointment for Mr Morrison is expected to be the cabinet elevation of WA Liberal MP and Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt to take over indigenous affairs - seeing him becoming the first Aboriginal indigenous affairs minister.

Ken Wyatt, Federal Member for the WA seat of Hasluck, is tipped to become the first Aboriginal Minister for Indigenous Affairs. Picture: Marie Nirme
Ken Wyatt, Federal Member for the WA seat of Hasluck, is tipped to become the first Aboriginal Minister for Indigenous Affairs. Picture: Marie Nirme

Other prospects for promotion include Cities and Population Minister Alan Tudge, as well as Regional Development Assistant Minister Sussan Ley, who previously held the health portfolio.

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.

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

Among the Liberals, there is a belief that NSW senator Arthur Sinodinos may be returned to cabinet.

Sussan Ley, Member for Farrer. Picture: Dale Webster
Sussan Ley, Member for Farrer. Picture: Dale Webster

Mr Morrison is expected to promote a woman to cabinet to replace former employment minister Kelly O'Dwyer, with assistant ministers Sussan Ley and Anne Ruston named as likely contenders.

Mr Morrison also faces a potential pressure point with Queenslanders over their representation in cabinet, with the state's Liberals arguing they deserve one more position at the top of the government.

The Nationals Mr McCormack will decide who fills the cabinet positions, and will also face lobbying from Queensland MP Keith Pitt and Victorian MP Darren Chester.

Anne Ruston may be battling it out with Sussan Ley for a spot in cabinet. Picture: AAP
Anne Ruston may be battling it out with Sussan Ley for a spot in cabinet. Picture: AAP


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