/New Morrison ministry takes office following election win

New Morrison ministry takes office following election win

Updated

May 29, 2019 11:43:36

Scott Morrison’s reworked frontbench has officially taken office as the Coalition begins its new term of government following a shock election victory.

Key points:

  • Scott Morrison’s new-look ministry resumes office following its election win
  • Ken Wyatt becomes the first Aboriginal person to serve in Cabinet
  • Seven women set a new record for female representation in Cabinet

The ABC is projecting the Coalition will hold 77 seats in the Lower House, one more than it needs to govern in majority.

The Prime Minister’s new-look ministry visited Government House this morning, where the Governor-General swore the frontbench into office.

There was a standing ovation for West Australian MP Ken Wyatt, as he became the first Aboriginal person to sit in Cabinet.

The Yamatji-Wongi-Noongar man is also the first Aboriginal person to hold the Indigenous Affairs portfolio in Government.

Seven women were sworn into Cabinet, a record level for an Australian Government.

Deputy Nationals Leader Bridget McKenzie became the first woman to serve as Agriculture Minister.

The Prime Minister elevated NSW MP Sussan Ley, West Australian senator Linda Reynolds and South Australian senator Anne Ruston to Cabinet, joining Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne and Industry Minister Karen Andrews.

In doing so, he demoted former environment minister Melissa Price from Cabinet.

Labor is considering a legal challenge to a likely Liberal victory in the marginal Melbourne electorate of Chisholm, amid allegations of misleading campaign material and dirty tactics.

There is just one seat that remains in doubt, Macquarie in New South Wales, where Labor incumbent Susan Templeman holds a 67-vote lead with almost 92 per cent of votes counted.

The Opposition will tomorrow select a deputy to serve alongside Anthony Albanese, who assumed the top job uncontested.

There are reports his likely deputy, Victorian Richard Marles, will want the foreign affairs portfolio, which will have implications for Labor’s Senate leader Penny Wong, who held that role for the past three years.

Senator Wong is likely to be the only woman in Labor’s four leadership roles if her deputy Don Farrell retains his position.

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First posted

May 29, 2019 11:23:04