Malcolm Turnbull has announced a revamped federal cabinet, naming David Littleproud taking over as minister for agriculture and water resources.
Under the changes Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce moves from agriculture to infrastructure and transport, after his Victorian Nationals colleague Darren Chester was dumped from cabinet, and Mr Joyce will retain responsibility for dams policy.
It’s a meteoric rise for David Littleporud who has served in Parliament for just 18 months, but he brings over two decades of experience working in the agri-business sector before entering parliament.
Several other Coalition MPs have received big promotions in the major cabinet reshuffle today, including John McVeigh, Jane Prentice, Craig Laundy, Zed Seselja, Dan Tehan and Michael Keenan.
Christian Porter will be Attorney-General, Michaelia Cash head of a new “jobs and innovation” portfolio, and Dan Tehan as Social Services Minister.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton will become the Minister for new Home Affairs super-portfolio.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann will take on Special Minister of State responsibilities in addition to his current portfolio.
Rising West Australian Liberal Christian Porter will become attorney-general as George Brandis sets sail for London.
The Prime minister says he’s pleased with the new line up.
“It’s a ministry that showcases the depth of the Liberal and National team, with well-earned promotions for talented individuals, and a number of young and upcoming MPs bringing new skills and energy to the frontbench.”