Turnbull’s ‘ministry of the future’ to be sworn in

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s new-look ministry will get down to work after being sworn in by the governor-general today.

Mr Turnbull announced the major reshuffle yesterday, which included the axing of a couple of big names.

Malcolm Turnbull's new ministry

Malcolm Turnbull’s new ministry


Some of the big changes include the promotion of Marise Payne, who will become the country’s first female defence minister, and Scott Morrison who will take over the prized job of treasurer from Joe Hockey.

New mother Kelly O’Dwyer, one of five women in cabinet, will take on the job of assistant treasurer and small business minister, while Michaelia Cash will get the employment portfolio.

Christopher Pyne will switch over to the industry portfolio, Simon Birmingham will take over education and former West Australian treasurer Christian Porter is set to become social services minister.

Turnbull backer Mitch Fifield will be sworn in as communications minister.

Dumped small business minister Bruce Billson is reflecting on the next stage of his political career.

While Mr Hockey announced yesterday he will resign from Parliament, ahead of the likely news he would be dumped as Treasurer.

The move ends his almost 20-year career in parliament.

It’s understood Mr Hockey will be offered the role of Australian ambassador to the US when Kim Beazley’s term expires at the end of the year.