Tweaked cabinet unveiled

By Shannon Jenkins

Friday December 18, 2020

Greg Hunt. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Federal health minister Greg Hunt will take on the aged care portfolio in addition to his health responsibilities as part of a reshuffle of cabinet, announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday afternoon.

The former aged care minister Richard Colbeck will take responsibility for aged care services, and will retain his other portfolios of senior Australians and sport. Earlier this year Colbeck indicated that he wanted to continue in the role of aged care minister, despite coming under fire after hundreds of aged care residents died from COVID-19 during Melbourne’s second wave.

Dan Tehan will take over from Simon Birmingham as trade, tourism and investment minister, Morrison announced.

“Dan brings strong credentials to this role as a former officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as a keen sense of the particular interests of regional Australia in an open, rules-based trading system,” he said.

Birmingham took on the role of finance minister following the departure of Mathias Cormann earlier this year. Alan Tudge — whose affair with a former staffer was recently aired on Four Corners — will step into Tehan’s former portfolio of education, as well as youth.


Read more: Tudge ‘regretful’ as Four Corners ‘whistleblower’ alleges ministerial affairs and culture of misogyny in Canberra


Assistant minister to the PM Ben Morton, who has held responsibility for the public service, will take on the additional role of assistant minister for electoral matters.

David Coleman will return to parliament as assistant minister to the PM for mental health and suicide prevention. He was previously immigration minister, but has been on indefinite leave for personal reasons for the past year.

Other changes include:

  • Jane Hume is minister for superannuation, financial services, and the digital economy. She was previously assistant minister.
  • Communications minister Paul Fletcher will add urban infrastructure and cities to his portfolio.
  • Andrew Hastie will become assistant defence minister.
  • Alex Hawke has been elevated from an assistant minister to immigration, citizenship, migrant services and multicultural affairs minister.
  • Michael Sukkar remains as assistant treasurer, but has also picked up housing and homelessness.
  • Amanda Stoker will take on the role of assistant minister to the attorney-general.
  • Jonathan Duniam has been named assistant minister for industry development.
  • Zed Seselja has been elevated from assistant finance minister to minister for international development and the Pacific.

 

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