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Australia’s New Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, Appoints a Cabinet

One lawmaker who mounted that challenge, only to lose in the final party vote — Peter Dutton, 47, a former police officer from Queensland — will return to the cabinet. He was appointed on Sunday to a role he has held before, home affairs minister, but with a redefined portfolio. Immigration will now be a ministry of its own, led by David Coleman, 44, a lawmaker from a multicultural district of New South Wales.

Mr. Morrison said that Mr. Dutton would focus primarily on security and law enforcement, leaving immigration, citizenship and multicultural issues to others — signaling a demotion for the anti-immigrant politics that Mr. Dutton has become known for.

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Alan Tudge, 47, becomes the minister for cities, urban infrastructure and population, a position the new prime minister described as “the minister for ‘congestion busting,’” as Australia seeks to manage the impact of population growth in its cities.

The energy and environment portfolios are also being reorganized. They were managed by a single ministry, under Josh Frydenberg, who has been promoted and is now Mr. Morrison’s deputy.

But that combination of issues was Mr. Turnbull’s undoing; the challenge to his leadership began after conservatives rejected Mr. Turnbull’s proposal to reduce energy prices and emissions with a single piece of legislation called the National Energy Guarantee.

Angus Taylor, 51, becomes energy minister, and Melissa Price, 54, environment minister. Mr. Morrison noted that the government’s focus would now be on “more and new and innovative ways” to reduce energy prices.

He did not mention climate change or emissions at any point in his announcement.

He said he would travel on Monday to western Queensland to meet farmers affected by a punishing drought that has devastated an area larger than Texas.

Source: NYT > World

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