House debates

Monday, 10 September 2018

Ministerial Arrangements

2:00 pm

Photo of Scott MorrisonScott Morrison (Cook, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

Mr Speaker, I seek your indulgence to make a short statement.

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

The Prime Minister may proceed.

Photo of Scott MorrisonScott Morrison (Cook, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

I wish to advise the House that on Friday, 24 August 2018, the federal parliamentary Liberal Party elected me, the member for Cook, as the leader of the Liberal Party, and the honourable member for Kooyong as the deputy leader. As a result of this I was sworn in as Prime Minister that same day, and the member for Kooyong was sworn in as the Treasurer. For the information of the House, I present the changed ministerial arrangements.


Each box represents a portfolio. Cabinet Ministers are shown in bold type. As a general rule, there is one department in each portfolio. However, there is a Department of Human Services in the Social Services portfolio and a Department of Veterans' Affairs in the Defence portfolio. The title of a department does not necessarily reflect the title of a minister in all cases. Assistant Ministers in italics are designated as Parliamentary Secretaries under the Ministers of State Act 1952.

I'd like to place on record the thanks of this chamber, but in particular the parliamentary Liberal and National parties, for the dedicated service of former Prime Minister Turnbull. I have had the opportunity to extend my remarks and sincere best wishes to him on other occasions, and I don't intend to prolong that matter here today in the House. I also wish to thank the member for Curtin for her 11 years of service as deputy leader, and commend her for her great service to her country.

2:01 pm

Photo of Michael McCormackMichael McCormack (Riverina, National Party, Leader of the Nationals) Share this | | Hansard source

The National Party had a meeting this morning. At that meeting the member for Murray was elected chief whip of the National Party and the member for Flynn was elected as his deputy. Both were elected unopposed. I thank the previous incumbents, the member for Capricornia and the member for Wide Bay, for their service in those respective roles.

2:02 pm

Photo of Bill ShortenBill Shorten (Maribyrnong, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

On indulgence, in reply to the Prime Minister's comments, I congratulate the Prime Minister on his elevation to this high office. This is a great country and a remarkable country, and it's a special privilege to be elected Prime Minister. I also wish to record our acknowledgement of the service of the previous Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. I want to put on record our acknowledgement that, whilst we didn't always see eye to eye, he served this country for nearly three years. We wish him and Lucy all the very best. I also acknowledge the outgoing Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, the former foreign minister, Ms Julie Bishop. We acknowledge your service and thank you for it.