Australian PM makes his post-election reshuffle

Australian PM makes his post-election reshuffleTurnbull has already announced his reshuffle on Monday, despite vote counting still continuing. The reason is to provide “stability and continuity” with most ministers reappointed to their roles as promised before the election on 2 July.

Two ministers, Assistant Cabinet Secretary Peter Hendy and Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, lost their seats in the July 2 elections. He also decided not to reappoint Tasmanian Senator Richard Colbeck to his new-look Cabinet, because Colbeck is still battling to retain his seat with the vote count undecided. The new cabinet will be sworn in on Tuesday.

Michael McCormack, who represents the New South Wales electorate of Riverina for the Nationals, has been appointed as small business minister, replacing Kelly O’Dwyer.

Turnbull has created a super-portfolio of environment and energy, handing it to former resources minister Josh Frydenberg.

Former environment minister Greg Hunt gets Christopher Pyne’s old job of minister for industry, innovation and science.

Industry Minister Christopher Pyne took on the new role of Minister for Defence Industry, gaining control over one of the world's most valuable defense contracts, a A$50-billion ($38-billion) submarine-building project in his state. The decision to build the naval fleet in South Australia - Mr Pyne's home state - is expected to create thousands of jobs and boost the local economy.

Scott Morrison keeps his job as Treasurer and Mathias Cormann is still the minister for finance. Steven Ciobo remains the minister for trade and investment after retaining his Surfers Paradise seat at the recent federal election.

Speaking at a press conference in Canberra, Turnbull said his new government has a “clear mandate” following the election.

“I indicated consistently before and during the election campaign the ministry I took to the election will be the team after the election,” Turnbull said.

Malcolm Turnbull has also ignored calls to return Tony Abbott to the frontbench.

Turnbull declined to say whether the political leaning of his new leadership team had changed. He defended his attempt to minimize changes to the cabinet he appointed less than a year ago.

"I'm not going to put 'conservative 'or 'moderate' or 'liberal' tags on my colleagues," Turnbull said. "I have made big changes to the ministry only a few months ago."
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