Cabinet Reshuffle, Brandis as Australian High Commissioner in London

Reshuffle is in the offing as Malcolm Turnbull, the Prime Minister of Australia, seeks to take advantage of his Liberal Party win in the Bennelong by-election hustings. The middle of the year economic outlook helped his cause. The list of reshuffles includes replacing Alexander Downer with George Brandis as the Australian High Commissioner in London. Prime Minister Turnbull clearly wants 2018 to begin with fresh vigor. One news is confirmed though: Peter Dutton, the Minister of Immigration will be the next Home Affairs Minister at the time his security department starts functioning.

Unwilling replacements

Senator Brandis is not interested in his new post. He has earlier resisted Turnbull's overtures to transfer him to London. Brandis has insisted that the Attorney-General must retain power when it came to the issuance of ASIO warrants as per Home Affairs administration. Replacements of the minister is already in like. He will be probably replaced by Christian Porter, the Minister of Social Services, and Michaelia Cash, the present employment minister.

Dutton's brand new department will encompass a number of Australian security agencies like Australian Border Force and house immigration. Other government departments to be included in the portfolio are Australian Federal Police, Office of Transport Safety. AUSTRAC, and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.

The prime minister must ensure to make way for Bridget McKenzie, the just elected leader of Nationals party. Scott Ryan, the once special minister in charge of state, should be replaced. Senator McKenzie can inherit a cabinet position after she was recently selected as the deputy Nationals leader. McKenzie, who is elected from Victoria, replaced Fiona Nash. The latter was ejected from the Australian Senate in October when it was discovered that she held dual Australian-British citizenship.

Transfers

 Mathias Cormann, the finance minister, is presently acting the role, but the portfolio demands its own dedicated minister. The Nationals are limited to four seats in the cabinet, and not five. Senator McKenzie and Barnaby Joyce, the Deputy Prime Minister, are guaranteed ministerial positions due to their leadership roles. That leaves two seats vacant. It is not likely Prime Minister Turnbull will remove any other minister from his cabinet. He chose, instead, to have a total of Nationals.

A question mark hangs over whether Arthur Sinodinos, the Australian Industry Minister suffering from cancer, will continue in his present role. The Senator became Senate President when he replaced Stephen Parry. The latter was entangled in citizenship fiasco, an event which dominated Australian federal politics in 2017.

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