As the dust settles (for the most part) on the election count, both sides are cleaning up their lineups.
There’s an article below from Adrian Beaumont on the drama unfolding in British politics and another here chronicling the final counting pieces for seats in the House of Representatives. As for this post:
• Both sides now have their first benches in place, with the announcement of the Albanian government’s first bench last Monday leading to the promotion to cabinet rank of Murray Watt and Clare O’Neil, respective recipients of the vacancies left and right caused by the electoral defeats of Terri Butler and Kristina Keneally. Anne Aly and Anika Wells from the left and Kristy McBain from the right have been promoted to the outside ministry, filling vacancies created by the promotion of Watt and O’Neil and the relegation of Shayne Neumann to the backbench as her leftist faction sought to achieve gender balance.
• Peter Dutton’s shadow ministry was unveiled yesterday. The Nationals’ relative electoral success earned them a sixth place in the cabinet, their new entrants being Susan McDonald in resources and northern Australia, Perin Davey in water and Kevin Hogan in trade and tourism. Seven Liberals were promoted to Shadow Cabinet: Jane Hume in Finance and Civil Service, Andrew Hastie in Defence, Julian Leeser in Attorney General and Indigenous Australians, Jonathan Duniam in Environment, Fisheries and Forestry, Ted O’Brien in climate change and energy, Michael Sukkar in social services, and NDIS and Sarah Henderson in communications. Angus Taylor was rewarded for his record of integrity with the Treasury and Alan Tudge is definitely in teaching now. Stuart Robert (Liberal) and Andrew Gee (Nationals) have been demoted to the Outer Shadow Ministry, Alex Hawke, Linda Reynolds and Melissa Price (Liberal) and Keith Pitt (Nationals) are relegated to the back, and Marise Payne is now shadow cabinet secretary after apparently “asking not to be considered for a prominent role”. Others once present and now absent: Scott Morrison, Josh Frydenberg, Ken Wyatt and Greg Hunt.
• The Australian reports that Scott Morrison “is expected to weigh his future in the coming months, but it appears he is in no rush to quit politics anytime soon”.