Turnbull big winner in new ministry

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Turnbull big winner in new ministry

Former merchant banker Malcolm Turnbull is the big winner in today's ministerial reshuffle, being made Environment Minister after just two years in Parliament.

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Former merchant banker Malcolm Turnbull is the big winner in today's ministerial reshuffle, being made Environment Minister after just two years in Parliament.

Turnbull's portfolio will take in water resources. With the global warming issue, and many rural areas and major cities facing water shortages, Environment will be a key issue in the next Federal election.

Turnbull will be facing Labor's former Green activist and singer Peter Garrett in a stand-off that may swing key marginal seats.

The big losers are Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone and Vocational and Technical Education Minister Gary Hardgrave, both out of Cabinet and the ministry, but there are hints Vanstone may get a diplomatic post.

Andrews goes to Immigration

Arts and Sports Minister Rod Kemp, who is retiring at the next election, stood aside from the ministry.

Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews, has been moved to Immigration, and former Human Services Minister, Joe Hockey, will take over the industrial portfolio.

Howard said he would rename the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Former Environment Minister Ian Campbell has been demoted to the Human Services portfolio — a non-cabinet post.

National dumped

Nationals MP John Cobb has been dumped as Minister for Community Services and replaced by Country Liberal Party senator Nigel Scullion, from the Northern Territory.

Mr Cobb will now be Assistant Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.

High powered former lawyer, Queensland Liberal senator George Brandis, has been made the new Arts and Sports Minister, replacing retiring minister Rod Kemp.

Queensland Liberal Peter Lindsay will be Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence and Victorian Liberal Tony Smith takes over from Turnbull as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Pyne still waiting

Christopher Pyne, currently Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, will assume the role of Assistant Minister in that portfolio.

Former Parliamentary Secretary, Andrew Robb, has been elevated to the Minister responsible for Vocational Training and Further Education.

The new ministers and parliamentary secretaries will be sworn in next Tuesday.

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