Australian government looks to settle factional struggle through cabinet reshuffle

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 18, 2017

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has quipped that he wants to be the Prime Minister - in a tongue-in-cheek response to questions over Malcolm Turnbull's Cabinet reshuffle.

There has been consistent speculation about the attorney general's position and the prime minister needs to adjust his frontbench to accommodate the departure of the special minister of state, Scott Ryan, and elevate the new deputy leader of the Nationals, Bridget McKenzie.

On Monday the government on Monday was not confirming Brandis's departure, or the timing of the reshuffle, but the shift is expected to proceed as soon as Tuesday.

The reshuffle will need to satisfy regional factions of Mr Turnbull's Liberal party that have been restless since the coalition deal with the agrarian National party gave the Nationals key portfolios such as infrastructure and regional development.

"There might have been discussions around that, but i don't think anything is confirmed at this point in time", he said.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton will also be sworn in as Home Affairs Minister this week when his new super security department begins operation.

In an interview with News Corp, Turnbull signalled he would use the reshuffle to refresh the government after a hard year and bring "new young people into the cabinet".

Former Senate President Stephen Parry stood down after learning he held a British citizenship.

It will be a meteoric rise for Senator McKenzie, who has not been a member of the Executive before.

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