Australia's foreign minister quits after leadership change

  • Australia's foreign minister quits after leadership change

Australia's foreign minister quits after leadership change

Ousted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull issued a statement praising Bishop's work in her cabinet.

"We will focus on keeping our economy strong, keeping Australians safe, and keeping Australians together".

"Minister Dutton, as the minister for home affairs, will be focusing on everything from cybersecurity through to law enforcement, border protection, security agencies, and he'll have his focus more principally on this security tasks", Morrison told media on Sunday.

Karen Andrews will take on the role as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, making her the first female federal Cabinet Minister from the Gold Coast.

Dutton even set up a GoFundMe page to send himself and his wife to Australia for a "popcorn party" and a "tour of my 2nd home", Dutton wrote.

New Treasurer and deputy Liberal leader Josh Frydenberg, a Turnbull ally, conceded the disastrous poll put the government on track for a devastating defeat at elections that must be held by mid-May.

In June, however, she said Australia wouldn't be following the United States in moving its embassy to Jerusalem, rebuffing pressure from the party's base.

The portfolio has been elevated to cabinet following sustained calls from the conservative faction to give it increased prominence in a bid to sharpen its anti-business attacks on Labor in the lead-up to the next election. Morrison, the former treasurer, was a surprise victor in the Liberal Party ballot after the populist right-wing of the party, which had agitated for Turnbull's removal, was unable to persuade enough moderates to back Dutton.

Nationals MP Keith Pitt also quit on Sunday as the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, protesting the government's efforts to address climate change and its commitment to the Paris agreement.

She said: "Today I advised the prime minister that I will be resigning from my Cabinet position as minister for foreign affairs".

In the messages, Paul Fletcher warns that former Finance Minister Mathias Cormann was helping gather support for Bishop.

But the conversation between Morrison supporters shows politicians were encouraged to vote for Mr Morrison over Ms Bishop in the first round. Mr Turnbull's resignation from Parliament was expected in the coming week.

But she fell well short, winning only 11 votes - including her own - in the partyroom vote of 85 MPs.

Meanwhile, Tony Abbott could not resist a sneaky dig at Malcolm Turnbull when he sat on 2GB this morning.