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Angus Taylor, Alex Hawke winners from federal ministry reshuffle

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced Energy Minister Angus Taylor will take on responsibility for industry, filling one of Christian Porter’s old jobs.

Oct 01, 2021, updated Oct 01, 2021
Angus Taylor (right) with Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (Photo: ABC)

Angus Taylor (right) with Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (Photo: ABC)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced changes to his frontbench, responding to Mr Porter’s departure last month.

Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price will pick up the science and technology portfolios he held.

Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alex Hawke will be elevated to cabinet.

WA MP Ben Morton will be promoted to special minister of state and public service minister while also assisting prime minister and cabinet.

Victorian Tim Wilson also received a promotion from the back bench to a junior ministerial role assisting Taylor.

Porter resigned after revealing money for his defamation case against the ABC came from unknown sources through a trust.

Meanwhile, a former chief of staff to now-retired cabinet minister Mathias Cormann is considered the frontrunner for the job of Senate President.

Liberal senator Slade Brockman will be up against fellow West Australian Dean Smith in the second round of a party room ballot on Friday afternoon.

The Senate will vote on the presidency when it resumes on October 18.

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