Kevin Andrews dumped from Defence, lays out achievements

Kevin Andrews has revealed he will join the expanding ranks of Defence ministers who did not see a second year in the role. His replacement will be the sixth Defence minister in the last eight years.

Below is Andrews’ statement ahead of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s new ministry announcement this afternoon:

It has been a great honour to serve as Australia’s Minister for Defence.

The safety and security of the people of Australia is the first priority of government.

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