Turnbull’s predecessor Tony Abbott was criticised for having only one woman among his 20 ministers: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who was instrumental in ousting Abbott in a party vote on Monday. In addition, the global community has started giving Australia a wary look, wondering about the country’s stability with its rash of new leaders and lack of long-term leadership.
Should Mr Morrison be promoted to Treasurer, his assistant minister and Turnbull ally Senator Mitch Fifield may be considered as his replacement.
Mr Turnbull remained tight-lipped about his cabinet and said he had spoken to Mr Abbott but the former leader had not revealed whether he intended to stay on as an MP.
His reply, according to The Guardian, was that such support is required by the rules.
Mr Turnbull is not expected to announce a new cabinet line-up until the end of the week. He gave no indication of whether the government’s negative policies on climate change and gay marriage would change under his leadership.
THERE has been an immediate bounce in the polls for the Coalition since Malcolm Turnbull took over the top job following a leadership coup earlier this week.
Instead, he’s been focused on a Cabinet reshuffle and savouring a surprisingly big boost in the polls.
The move will undoubtedly offend who rallied behind him after his first statement as PM, when he said Australia needs to embrace disruption and focus on technology and science as drivers for the future.
“I’m a massive proponent of free trade, and the benefits of our FTA have been 11 times greater than the most optimistic estimates”, he said.
Successive opinion polls showed that the government was likely to lose in next September’s elections under Abbott’s leadership.
“We also welcome the Greens’ additional comments which say the best option for a plebiscite is for a parliamentary committee to work with the electoral commission to ensure it is fair and balanced, and for it to be held at the next election”.
He was speaking at a press conference with state premiers from New South Wales and Victoria about rolling out the next stage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which is worth A$22bn ($15.7bn; £10.2bn) a year.