Joyce circles after minister quits

Original article by Greg Brown, Geoff Chambers
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 3-Feb-20

Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie has resigned from the portfolio and as deputy leader of the National Party, after an investigation by top bureaucrat Phil ­Gaetjens found that she had breached the ministerial code of conduct. Gaetjens concluded that sports grants had not been improperly allocated during McKenzie’s previous role as sports minister; however, he found that McKenzie’s failure to declare her membership of a gun club that received a grant constituted a breach of the ministerial code. Some Nationals MPs are believed to have approached Barnaby Joyce about challenging Nationals leader Michael McCormack at a partyroom meeting on 4 February, when they will elect a new deputy.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Labor all at sea as boats view thrown overboard

Original article by Rosie Lewis, Alice Workman
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 3-Jun-19

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has criticised Labor’s decision to appoint Kristina Keneally to the portfolio. Dutton claims that she is the "least qualified" to be the shadow home affairs minister. Keneally has previously opposed the federal government’s policy of turning back asylum-seeker boats and expressed support for on-shore processing. However, she now says Labor fully supports boat turnbacks and offshore processing. Meanwhile, former shadow treasurer Chris Bowen will step into the health portfolio, while Bill Shorten has been given the National Disability Insurance Scheme portfolio. The new shadow cabinet has equal representation of men and women.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS

Scott Morrison unveils new ministry as Coalition prepares for majority government

Original article by Henry Belot, Dan Conifer
abc.net au – Page: Online : 27-May-19

The federal government has announced a number of changes to its Cabinet team in the wake of the federal election. Sussan Ley will replace Melissa Price as Minister for the Environment, although Energy Minister Angus Taylor will assume responsibility for carbon emissions reduction policy. Linda Reynolds has been given the defence portfolio, Bridget McKenzie is the new Agriculture Minister and Ken Wyatt will take on the Indigenous Affairs portfolio. Senator Arthur Sinodinos will succeed Joe Hockey as Australia’s ambassador to the US, while former Communications Minister Mitch Fifield is set to become Australia’s ambassador to the United Nations.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF DEFENCE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS

New minister ready for big to-do list

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 27-May-19

Paul Fletcher has replaced Mitch Fifield as Minister for Communications and the Arts in a cabinet reshuffle following the federal election. The former Optus executive will face a number of challenges in the portfolio, including lobbying by telcos for a reduction in the national broadband network’s wholesale pricing and a push by TV networks for drama and children’s content quotas to be relaxed. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s final report on its inquiry into digital platforms will also be released shortly.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, NBN CO LIMITED, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, TPG TELECOM LIMITED – ASX TPM, FREE TV AUSTRALIA LIMITED, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED

Veteran MPs facing a gold-plated retirement

Original article by Richard Ferguson
The Australian – Page: 2 : 5-Mar-19

Former foreign minister Julie Bishop is among the six Liberal MPs who have chosen not to contest the 2019 election. Bishop is set to be paid more than $177,000 before tax each year in retirement, after 21 years in parliament. Liberal colleague Christopher Pyne will be paid more than $172,000 a year following a 26-year parliamentary career, while Labor’s Jennie Macklin will be entitled to an annual income of some $177,000 after 23 years in the lower house. Seven Labor MPs will retire at the election.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Bishop bows out of politics, saying Coalition will win

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 9 : 22-Feb-19

Former foreign minister Julie Bishop is confident that the Coalition will win the upcoming federal election, citing its strong credentials regarding border protection and economic management. Bishop has ended speculation about her political future by confirming that she will not recontest the safe seat of Curtin in Western Australia. Bishop has been in federal parliament since 1998, and she served as deputy leader of the Liberal Party from 2007 to 2018.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF JOBS AND SMALL BUSINESS, UNITED NATIONS. SECURITY COUNCIL

Robb anoints O’Dwyer successor

Original article by Rosie Lewis
The Australian – Page: 4 : 22-Jan-19

Coalition MPs Julie Bishop and Kevin Andrews say they intend to contest the 2019 federal election. Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett recently called for other long-serving Coalition MPs to follow the example of Kelly O’Dwyer and step down at the election. Meanwhile, former trade minister Andrew Robb has backed his ex-chief of staff Zoe McKenzie to replace O’Dwyer in the seat of Higgins. Other contenders for the seat are said to include Katie Allen and Jess Wilson.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, NBN CO LIMITED, BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA

Kennett tells Coalition veterans it’s time to go

Original article by Joe Kelly, Rachel Baxendale
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 21-Jan-19

Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett has called on long-serving federal Coalition MPs to follow the example of Kelly O’Dwyer and step down at the next election. Kennett says he does not think O’Dwyer was retiring because she did not believe she could retain her seat; O’Dwyer has stated she is stepping down to spend more time with her family, and Kennett says he takes at "face value" her reasons for not seeking re-election. Kennett said that Kevin Andrews and Julie Bishop were two Coalition MPs that should step down, while Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected Bill Shorten’s claim that his MPs were resigning because they thought the government would lose heavily at the next election.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Kelly O’Dwyer to retire from federal politics

Original article by Rick Morton, Richard Ferguson
The Australian – Page: Online : 19-Jan-19

Industrial Relations Minister Kelly O’Dwyer will retire from federal politics at the next election. O’Dwyer, who holds the seat of Higgins in Victoria with a margin of just under 10 per cent, rejected suggestions she was quitting because of polling that indicated she might lose the seat. O’Dwyer stated her reasons for retiring were personal, and that she and husband Jon were keen to have a third child. O’Dwyer said she was very confident a woman would be chosen to replace her as the Liberal candidate for Higgins, while Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had told O’Dwyer that he wants her to remain in her current role until the election.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF JOBS AND SMALL BUSINESS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Leyonhjelm to quit Senate for state

Original article by Rosie Lewis
The Australian – Page: 2 : 8-Jan-19

The Liberal Democrats have yet to decide who will replace David Leyonhjelm on its Senate ticket for the upcoming federal election. Leyonhjelm has announced that he will not seek a third term in the Senate and will instead contest a seat in the New South Wales upper house at the state election in March. He will run against One Nation candidate Mark Latham, who resigned his membership of the Liberal Democrats in September. Leyonhjelm says he is now more interested in state rather than federal issues.

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LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY, ONE NATION PARTY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, SHOOTERS, FISHERS AND FARMERS PARTY, CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY (FRED NILE GROUP), AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION