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Malcolm Turnbull unveils new-look Cabinet for 2018

19 December, 2017, 11:19 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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Social Services Minister Christian Porter will become the Attorney-General.

The decision for Brandis to replace Alexander Downer is expected to be confirmed in a reshuffle by Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday, according to News Corp.

The move comes as Mr Turnbull ends the year with the Coalition trailing a two-party preference vote of 53 per cent to 47 per cent - the same as last year's Newspoll.

Michaelia Cash became minister for jobs and innovation, while Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce took responsibility for infrastructure and transport instead of agriculture.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton will head the new Home Affairs department, in charge of national security policies, reports Efe news.

Kelly O'Dwyer will be the new minister for women.

Liberal MPs Craig Laundy, Jane Prentice, Zed Seselja, Dan Tehan and Michael Keenan all scored promotions in the new ministerial line-up, while Alan Tudge will make a sideways step to become Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.

New deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie is expected to be promoted to cabinet in the shake-up, to take the spot left by Fiona Nash who was disqualified for being a dual citizen.

The prime minister is also understood to be considering returning former minister Sussan Ley to the ministry.

"We wish him all the best in his recovery", Mr Turnbull told reporters in Sydney.

Senator Brandis has often been regarded as one of Parliament's more reserved characters.

He will exit on a high note, after almost 18 years in Parliament, having helped lead the case for the historic legalisation of same-sex marriage and having introduced a sweeping package of laws created to curb foreign interference in Australia's democratic systems and processes.

"It is a very, very important time in the history of the United Kingdom and there is a lot at stake for Australia in our relations with the UK", Mr Turnbull said.

Senator Brandis' Senate seat is likely to be contested by a Melbourne Cup field of candidates, including former Queensland state ministers Lawrence Springborg and Scott Emerson, and former senator Jo Lindgren.

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