Wednesday, 22 August 2018
by leave—I wish to inform honourable senators of ministerial changes and changes to ministers answering questions today and tomorrow. As I'm sure senators are aware, yesterday Mr Dutton and Senator Fierravanti-Wells resigned from the ministry. I advise the Senate that the Treasurer is the Acting Minister for Home Affairs, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs will have responsibility for the International Development in the Pacific portfolio. I advise the Senate that in question time today and tomorrow, Senator Payne will answer questions in relation to the International Development in the Pacific portfolio and the Human Services portfolio, and Senator Fifield will answer questions in relation to the Social Services portfolio. Senator Fifield continues to represent the Home Affairs portfolio. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Dutton and Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells for their service and excellent work as ministers.