New Australian PM selects cabinet, foreign affairs minister resigns

Clark Diaz
August 28, 2018

Bishop announced she would move to the backbench and had not yet decided whether to contest the next election, which is due by May 2019.

Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce, who resigned from cabinet in February, will become special envoy for drought assistance and recovery.

Morrison, the former treasurer (finance minister), was sworn in as prime minister on Friday after winning a Liberal Party leadership challenge against incumbent moderate Malcolm Turnbull.

On January 27, 2017, the day before Mr Turnbull had that hard phone call with US President Donald Trump, Ms Bishop used her own call with Vice President Mike Pence to shore up America's commitment to the contentious asylum-seeker deal.

New Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to unveil his new cabinet later on Sunday afternoon.

Morrison went on to defeat Dutton by a vote of 45-40.

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In June, however, she said Australia wouldn't be following the United States in moving its embassy to Jerusalem, rebuffing pressure from the party's base.

"Despite our hearts tugging us to Julie we need to vote with our heads for Scott in round one".

A trailblazer who was Australia's first female foreign minister and the Liberals' first female deputy leader, the 62-year-old was hailed by her peers Sunday.

Bishop told the news outlet of the messages: "You would have to ask the individuals involved but it appeared to be a tactic to promote Peter Dutton into the prime ministership, whatever the cost".

Peter Dutton has confirmed that he will be responsible for cybersecurity as part of the new Department of Home Affairs (DHA) portfolio following last week's leadership spill in the Australian government.

For more than 10 years, the West Australian lawyer with the killer stare and snappy suits was the Liberal Party's second in command.

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"Cormann rumoured to be putting some WA voted behind Julie Bishop in round 1", a message purporting to be from Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher broadcast on Insiders read.

Likewise, a snap Roy Morgan poll conducted last week gave her a 28-point lead over Opposition leader Bill Shorten.

But there was no room for ex-PM Tony Abbott - a vocal critic of Turnbull after Turnbull ousted him as leader in 2015.

She has made no decision on whether she will stand at the next election.

"Serving in the Australian parliament would be an enormous honour, but whenever Malcolm Turnbull resigns I will not be standing for preselection in Wentworth", the NSW RSL president said.

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