Peter Dutton appoints 10 women to shadow ministry but Marise Payne is NOT one of them as Barnaby Joyce is sidelined and Alan Tudge returns after staffer scandal forced him to quit
- Peter Dutton appointed 10 women to his shadow cabinet snubbing Marise Payne
- Angus Taylor will be shadow treasurer and Jane Hume new finance minister
- Julian Leeser to be shadow attorney general and in charge of Indigenous affairs
Opposition leader Peter Dutton has appointed 10 women to his shadow minister cabinet but snubbed Marise Payne.
Michaelia Cash was announced the new shadow employment minister, Karen Andrews for home affairs and Anne Ruston for health and aged care.
Sussan Ley will be shadow minister for skills, training, industry and women, Alan Tudge for education and Barnaby Joyce for veteran affairs.
Opposition leader Peter Dutton has appointed 10 women to his shadow cabinet but snubbed Marise Payne
Marise Payne was not included in the list of new shadow cabinet ministers as Peter Dutton named the new members on Sunday
Angus Taylor will be shadow treasurer, Jane Hume the new finance minister and Sarah Henderson communications minister.
Julian Leeser will be the shadow attorney general and in charge of Indigenous affairs while Andrew Hastie is now the shadow minister for defence.
Mr Dutton said Ms Payne had asked not to be part of the cabinet but was persuaded to take the role of shadow cabinet secretary.
She has appears to have taken on a smaller role following a series of blunders she made when acting as foreign affairs minister to ex-prime minister Scott Morrison.
The Solomon Islands signed a security pact with China in mid-April raising fears the Chinese military will eventually establish a base as close as 1,600km from Australia’s east coast.
Mr Dutton announced his shadow ministry on Sunday alongside the new leader of his Nationals coalition partner David Littleproud.
Mr Dutton was announced as Liberals leader last week, unopposed in his party room after former prime minister Scott Morrison stepped aside following the coalition’s defeat at the May 21 federal election.
Mr Littleproud was voted Nationals leader, defeating Barnaby Joyce at its partyroom meeting, also last week.
Mr Dutton believes he has ‘incredible talent’ both from the outgoing government frontbench but also people who have been on the backbench for a while.
‘I want to give some of them the opportunity … so you will see some new faces,’ the former defence minister told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program.
‘It’s important for us to have as many women as possible on the frontbench, that will be the feature of the frontbench we will announce later today.’
Michaelia Cash (pictured) has been announced as the new shadow employment minister, Karen Andrews for home affairs and Anne Ruston for health and aged care
Mr Littleproud declined what to say what was in the agreement between the Liberal and Nationals parties that formed the coalition.
‘It’s all about policies and you’ll see those policies that we enact,’ he told ABC’s Insiders program.
‘You don’t ask to get underneath the closed doors of the left or the right of the Labor Party, I don’t think you need to be in the policy discussions that the Liberal Party and the National Party has.’
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