Controversial Cabinet Reshuffle Announced By Malcolm Turnbull

Looks Like George Brandis Is Leaving Parliament For A Cushy New Gig

Michael Keenan has been named the new minister assisting the prime minister on digital transformation, another portfolio created at the beginning of 2016, in addition to his Human Services portfolio.

While Turnbull on Tuesday lauded Brandis for his eloquence, the former attorney-general gained attention back in 2014 when he brought data-retention draft legislation before Parliament while struggling to describe what metadata is.

Mr Turnbull confirmed he would recommend Senator Brandis for a new position as Australia's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom "early in the new year".

Former Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is now responsible for Home Affairs, including border security and intelligence, while former Communications Parliamentary Secretary Paul Fletcher has moved into Urban Infrastructure and Cities.

In a surprise move, first-term Nationals backbencher David Littleproud has been elevated into Cabinet as Agriculture Minister, while Liberal MP John McVeigh, also from Queensland, will join Cabinet as Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government.

When quizzed at his news conference about Chester being dropped, Turnbull indicated it was Joyce's call - the Nationals' leader gets to choose the party's ministers - saying pointedly: "Barnaby Joyce will no doubt be able to explain this directly".

National Farmers' Federation chief executive Tony Mahar would not speculate on likely candidates to replace Mr Joyce, but said the reshuffle was "pretty bloody important".

The new attorney general, social services minister Christian Porter, from the iron ore-rich state of Western Australia, is 47.

There is also talk that intervention from Joyce saw Chester's demotion, after the Victorian MP backed McKenzie in the deputy leadership ballot, rather than senator Matt Canavan who was Joyce's preferred pick.

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Michaela Cash, the Liberal who is now employment minister, will take on the jobs and innovation portfolio.

Also absent from the new line-up is Arthur Sinodinos, who has opted out of the federal cabinet while he undergoes cancer treatment.

Michaelia Cash takes on the new "Jobs and Innovation" portfolio.

Responding to the reshuffle, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said it showed the Coalition had a "women problem".

Mr Turnbull also used his announcement to pay tribute to outgoing Attorney-General George Brandis, who will soon depart for London to become the next UK High Commissioner.

Senator Cash has been dogged by controversy in her portfolio after her office leaked information about the AFP raids on the AWU to the media, leading Labor to demand she was sacked.

Mr Porter, a former WA state attorney-general, is now Social Services Minister and his portfolio will be handed to Victorian Dan Tehan.

Michael McCormack will be the minister for veteran affairs.

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