Abbott faithful first to go in new Turnbull cabinet
KEY conservatives who backed Tony Abbott in last week's Liberal leadership spill were the highest-level scalps of Malcolm Turnbull's successful challenge.
Mr Turnbull yesterday announced his first Cabinet and outer ministry, which did not include senior Abbott government frontbenchers Joe Hockey, Ian Macfarlane, Eric Abetz and Kevin Andrews.
Former Treasurer Mr Hockey told Mr Turnbull yesterday he did not want to nominate for a Cabinet role, instead announcing his retirement from Parliament at the end this term.
Mr Turnbull said it was a Cabinet with Australia's future in mind.
"Today I'm announcing a 21st century government and a ministry for the future," he said.
"We're not seeking to proof ourselves against the future. We are seeking to embrace it."
During the announcement, Mr Turnbull predicted a reform of the tax system.
"It is vital we have a tax system that is fair, efficient and creates the right incentives so that we can get the gains in productivity we need."
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten welcomed the appointment of more women in the Cabinet and a focus on science.
Political winners of the challenge included Scott Morrison, elevated to the Treasurer's office, and Victorian Liberal Kelly O'Dwyer, as his Assistant Treasurer and Small Business Minister.
She replaces Bruce Billson in that role, one of several demoted from Cabinet, despite Mr Turnbull acknowledging their contributions yesterday.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne was promoted to be Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, which Mr Turnbull said would be a crucial department in his government.
Senator Marise Payne will be Australia's first female Defence Minister, after running the Human Services portfolio for two years.
Sunshine Coast MP Mal Brough is back in Cabinet for the first time since he served with former prime minister John Howard.Mr Brough will be Special Minister of State and Minister for Defence Material and Science.
Rising Liberal Josh Frydenberg was promoted to Minister for Resource, Energy and Northern Australia
Ministerial survivors of the leadership spill included Attorney-General George Brandis, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Trade Minister Andrew Robb, despite Senator Brandis losing the Arts portfolio.
Others to remain in their current roles were Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, Health Minister Sussan Ley and Environment Minister Greg Hunt.
Former Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash was elevated to Cabinet, bringing to five the number of women in Mr Turnbull's Cabinet.
- APN NEWSDESK