The Second Turnbull Ministry Reshuffled – Statistical Analysis

This page provides statistical data on the revised Second Turnbull Ministry, as announced on December 19, 2017.

The 42-member executive includes 23 Cabinet ministers (up from 22), 7 members of the Outer Ministry (down from 8) and 12 Assistant Ministers/Parliamentary Secretaries.

There are five new Cabinet members, three of whom – Sen. Bridget McKenzie, John McVeigh and David Littleproud – have moved directly from the backbench. Two members of the outer ministry – Michael Keenan and Dan Tehan – have moved into Cabinet.

One Cabinet minister, Darren Chester, and one assistant minister, Keith Pitt, have been dumped to the backbench.

Other features of the reshuffle:

  • The Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, has been appointed High Commissioner to the UK. Brandis will resign from the Senate in the new year. Christian Porter becomes Attorney-General, a post he previously held in the Western Australian state government. Senator Mathias Cormann becomes Leader of the Government in the Senate.
  • The National Party’s deputy leader, Senator Fiona Nash, resigned due to dual citizenship. Her replacement as deputy leader, Senator Bridget McKenzie, moves from the backbench into Cabinet, displacing fellow Victorian Darren Chester.
  • Following the resignation of Senator Stephen Parry, due to dual citizenship, his position as President of the Senate was taken by Senator Scott Ryan. Ryan’s duties as Special Minister of State will be taken on by Senator Cormann.
  • Senator Arthur Sinodinos removed himself from consideration for the ministry, due to his cancer treatment. He has indicated he will be able to resume duties in mid-2018.
  • Craig Laundy has been promoted from Assistant Minister to the Outer Ministry.
  • There are three new assistant ministers: David Coleman, Damian Drum and Melissa Price. Drum served as a minister in the Victorian Napthine government in 2014.
  • Peter Dutton has become Minister for Home Affairs, the enlarged portfolio dealing with immigration, security, border control and law enforcement. Dutton will oversee the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).
  • Sen. Michaelia Cash takes on the enlarged portfolio of Jobs and Innovation. Industrial Relations moves from the cabinet level to Craig Laundy’s outer ministry.

The first table shows the ministry by party, age, sex, state and parliamentary chamber.

The second table lists each member of the executive and gives their birthdays, ages, electorates, states, date when first elected to parliament, and portfolio. The lists are ordered by age.

The Second Turnbull Ministry – revised from December 19, 2017
CABINET (23) OUTER
MINISTRY (7)
FULL
MINISTRY (30)
PARLT. SECS/
ASST. MINS (12)
TOTAL (42)
LIBERAL PARTY
18 = 78%
6 = 86%
24 = 80%
9 = 75%
33 = 79%
NATIONALS / CLP
5 = 22%
1 = 14%
6 = 20%
3 = 25%
9 = 21%
Members in House
15
6
21
9
30 = 71%
Members in Senate
8
1
9
3
12 = 29%
MALE
18 = 78%
6 = 86%
24 = 80%
8 = 67%
32 = 76%
FEMALE
5 = 22%
1 = 14%
6 = 20%
4 = 33%
10 = 24%
New South Wales
4
5
9
4
13 = 31%
Victoria
6
1
7
2
9 = 21%
Queensland
5
0
5
3
8 = 19%
Western Australia
5
1
6
1
7 = 17%
South Australia
2
0
2
1
3 = 7%
Tasmania
0
0
0
0
0 = 0%
Australian Capital Territory
0
0
0
1
1 = 2%
Northern Territory
1
0
1
0
1 = 2%
Oldest Member
Malcolm Turnbull
(63)
Ken Wyatt
(65)
Ken Wyatt
(65)
Jane Prentice
(64)
Ken Wyatt
(65)
Youngest Member
Sen. Matt Canavan
(37)
Alan Tudge
(46)
Sen. Matt Canavan
(37)
Michael Sukkar
(36)
Michael Sukkar
(36)
Age Range
37-63
46-65
37-65
36-64
36-65
Average Age
48.69
52.85
49.66
50.50
49.90
Members aged in 30s
1
0
1
1
2 = 5%
Members aged in 40s
13
2
15
4
19 = 45%
Members aged in 50s
6
4
10
5
15 = 36%
Members aged in 60s
3
1
4
2
6 = 14%

 

The Second Turnbull Ministry – revised from December 19, 2017
No. Name Sex Date of Birth Age Seat State Party Elected Portfolio
CABINET
1.
Malcolm Turnbull
M
24-10-1954
63
Wentworth
NSW
Liberal
2004
Prime Minister
2.
Sen. Nigel Scullion
M
04-05-1956
61
NT
CLP/Nationals
2001
Minister for Indigenous Affairs
3.
Julie Bishop
F
17-07-1956
61
Curtin
WA
Liberal
1998
Minister for Foreign Affairs
4.
Sen. Marise Payne
F
29-07-1964
53
NSW
Liberal
1997
Minister for Defence
5.
John McVeigh
M
13-05-1965
52
Groom
Qld
LNP/Liberal
2016
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government
6.
Greg Hunt
M
18-11-1965
52
Flinders
VIC
Liberal
2001
Minister for Health
7.
Sen. Mitch Fifield
M
16-01-1967
50
VIC
Liberal
2004
Minister for Communications; Minister for the Arts; Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
8.
Barnaby Joyce
M
17-04-1967
50
New England
NSW
Nationals
2005
Deputy Prime Minister; Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
9.
Christopher Pyne
M
13-08-1967
50
Sturt
SA
Liberal
1993
Minister for Defence Industry; Leader of the House
10.
Dan Tehan
M
27-01-1968
49
Wannon
VIC
Liberal
2010
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs; Minister for Defence Personnel; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
11.
Scott Morrison
M
13-05-1968
49
Cook
NSW
Liberal
2007
Treasurer
12.
Sen. Bridget McKenzie
F
27-12-1969
47
VIC
Nationals
2011
Minister for Regional Communications; Minister for Rural Health; Minister for Sport
13.
Christian Porter
M
11-07-1970
47
Pearce
WA
Liberal
2013
Attorney-General
14.
Sen. Michaelia Cash
F
19-07-1970
47
WA
Liberal
2008
Minister for Jobs and Innovation
15.
Sen. Mathias Cormann
M
20-09-1970
47
WA
LNP/Liberal
2007
Minister for Finance; Special Minister of State; Leader of the Government in the Senate
16.
Peter Dutton
M
18-11-1970
47
Dickson
QLD
LNP/Liberal
2001
Minister for Home Affairs
17.
Josh Frydenberg
M
17-07-1971
46
Kooyong
VIC
Liberal
2010
Minister for Environment and Energy
18.
Michael Keenan
M
19-03-1972
45
Stirling
WA
Liberal
2004
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Transformation
19.
Steven Ciobo
M
29-05-1974
43
Moncrieff
QLD
LNP/Liberal
2001
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
20.
Sen. Simon Birmingham
M
14-06-1974
43
SA
Liberal
2007
Minister for Education and Training
21.
David Littleproud
M
04-09-1976
41
Maranoa
QLD
LNP/Nationals
2016
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
22.
Kelly O’Dwyer
F
31-03-1977
40
Higgins
VIC
Liberal
2009
Minister for Revenue and Financial Services; Minister for Women; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
23.
Sen. Matt Canavan
M
17-12-1980
37
QLD
LNP/Nationals
2014
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
OUTER MINISTRY
1.
Ken Wyatt
M
04-08-1952
65
Hasluck
WA
Liberal
2010
Minister for Aged Care; Minister for Indigenous Health
2.
Sen. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
F
20-05-1960
57
NSW
Liberal
2005
Minister for International Development and the Pacific
3.
Michael McCormack
M
02-08-1964
53
Riverina
NSW
Nationals
2010
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs; Minister for Defence Personnel; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC; Deputy Leader of the House
4.
Paul Fletcher
M
16-01-1965
52
Bradfield
NSW
Liberal
2009
Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities
5.
Angus Taylor
M
30-09-1966
51
Hume
NSW
Liberal
2013
Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity
6.
Craig Laundy
M
16-02-1971
46
Reid
NSW
Liberal
2013
Minister for Small and Family Business, Workplaces and Deregulation
7.
Alan Tudge
M
24-02-1971
46
Aston
VIC
Liberal
2010
Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs
ASSISTANT MINISTERS – PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES
1.
Jane Prentice
F
22-06-1953
64
Ryan
QLD
LNP/Liberal
2010
Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services
2.
David Gillespie
M
20-12-1957
60
Lyne
NSW
Nationals
2013
Assistant Minister for Children and Families
3.
Luke Hartsuyker
M
28-04-1959
58
Cowper
NSW
Nationals
2001
Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
4.
Damian Drum
M
28-07-1960
57
Murray
VIC
Nationals
2016
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister
5.
Karen Andrews
F
23-08-1960
57
McPherson
QLD
LNP/Liberal
2010
Assistant Minister for Vocational Skills and Training
6.
Sen. Anne Ruston
F
10-06-1963
54
SA
Liberal
2012
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
7.
Melissa Price
F
12-12-1963
54
Durack
WA
Liberal
2013
Assistant Minister for Environment
8.
David Coleman
M
05-03-1974
43
Banks
NSW
Liberal
2013
Assistant Minister for Finance
9.
Sen. James McGrath
M
14-05-1974
43
QLD
LNP/Liberal
2014
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister
10.
Sen. Zed Seselja
M
27-03-1977
40
ACT
Liberal
2013
Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs; Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation
11.
Alex Hawke
M
09-07-1977
40
Mitchell
NSW
Liberal
2007
Assistant Minister for Immigration
12.
Michael Sukkar
M
11-09-1981
36
Deakin
VIC
Liberal
2013
Assistant Minister to the Treasurer

 

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