Peter Dutton announces new opposition ministry, with women to fill 10 posts

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New Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has announced his shadow ministry, with 10 of the 24 posts held by women.
The Nationals got six shadow cabinet positions.
“What you see in this roster are new faces, we have incredible talent,” Mr Dutton told media on Sunday.

“Not just on the front bench, but also on the back bench. I’m aware of trying to pass people off as an opportunity.”

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Deputy Leader Sussan Ley will serve as Shadow Minister for Women and Skills, Training and Industry.
Mr Dutton said Marise Payne initially asked not to be considered for the shadow cabinet, but will take on the role of cabinet secretary.
Michaelia Cash will be Shadow Minister for Employment and Labor Relations, while Karen Andrews will be Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, as well as Child Protection and Domestic Violence Prevention.
Anne Ruston has been given the shadow role of health and aged care, Jane Hume will take over finance and Sarah Henderson will be the shadow minister for communications.
Mr Dutton announced Angus Taylor as his shadow treasurer, West Australian MP Andrew Hastie as defense spokesman and Alan Tudge as shadow education minister.
Julian Leeser became Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Minister of Indigenous Affairs.
Asked how the coalition would approach Indigenous issues, Mr. Dutton spoke of the coalition’s “hands-on” approach.
“We will place particular emphasis on the tactical ways in which we can provide support to indigenous communities, not only in capitals, but also in regional and remote areas,” he said.

“I want to make sure that we can increase the support provided, health outcomes, education outcomes, housing outcomes, and as a team we will work on that because this is one of the most important issues as a country that we have to deal with.”

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New Nationals leader David Littleproud announced on Sunday that there would be six people from his party on the coalition frontbench.
Mr Littleproud said he would continue to hold the agriculture portfolio, while MP Perin Davey would take charge of water resources and emergency management.
He also announced that former party leaders Barnaby Joyce and Michael McCormack would be given the portfolios of Veterans Affairs and International Development in the Pacific respectively.
The Nationals frontman paid tribute to the two previous leaders, saying he wanted to “build on both” to find ways to “nurture the next generation.”
“I want to recognize the leadership of these two men in the National Party and will continue to rely on both to ensure that the National Party is able to nurture the next generation in a harmonious way by ensuring that we are a constructive part of the coalition,” he said.
“I look forward to our fight at this level of government, not just now, but leading up to the 2025 election.”
In other appointments, Kevin Hogan will become trade and tourism spokesperson, Bridget McKenzie will hold the infrastructure, transport and regional development portfolios, while Susan McDonald has been appointed to resources and northern Australia.
Earlier, Mr Littleproud declined to say what was in the deal between the Liberal and National parties that form the coalition.
“It’s all about policies and you’ll see these policies that we adopt,” he told ABC’s Insiders program.

“You’re not asking to go through the closed doors of the left or the right of the Labor Party, I don’t think you need to be in the political discussions of the Liberal Party and the National Party.”

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Mr Dutton was announced as Liberal leader last week, unopposed in his party hall after former Prime Minister Scott Morrison stepped down following the coalition’s defeat in the May 21 federal election.
Former environment minister Sussan Ley was named deputy leader and also faced no opposition.
Mr. Dutton’s announcement follows which he boasted contained the “largest number of women ever in an Australian cabinet”.

With the AAP

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