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The First Morrison Ministry – Statistical Analysis

This page provides statistical data on the first Morrison Ministry, as announced on August 26, 2018, by the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.

The 42-member executive includes 23 Cabinet ministers, 7 members of the Outer Ministry, and 12 Assistant Ministers/Parliamentary Secretaries. These numbers have not changed from the final Turnbull ministry. The Liberal Party has 33 members (79%) of the executive, whilst the Nationals have 9 members (21%).

There is movement in state representation. Whereas NSW had 13 members under Turnbull, it will now have 9, whilst Victoria has 10.

Many members of the Turnbull ministry retain their positions under Morrison. Just one cabinet minister, Michael Keenan, has been demoted from cabinet to the outer ministry.

Following the retirement of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Morrison has promoted two women straight into Cabinet from parliamentary secretary positions. Melissa Price takes the Environment portfolio, which has been split from Energy, whilst Karen Andrews becomes Minister for Industry, Science and Technology. The total number of women in the ministry has increased from ten to eleven and the Cabinet from five to six. Women comprise 26% of the executive, up from 24%.

Angus Taylor is also promoted from the outer ministry to take up the Cabinet post of Energy. Paul Fletcher moves into Cabinet as the Minister for Families and Social Services.

The Foreign Minister will be Senator Marise Payne, who moves from Defence. Christopher Pyne moves up to Defence, whilst retaining his post as Leader of the House.

There is no ministerial position for former prime minister Tony Abbott or for former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce. Joyce is to be a “special envoy” dealing with drought issues. Abbott is to have a similar position dealing with indigenous issues.

Morrison has sacked one member of the outer ministry, Senator Connie Fierravanti-Wells, as well as two assistant ministers, Michael Sukkar and Senator James McGrath. There are nine new assistant ministers, including Sarah Henderson (Corangamite-Vic), Michelle Landry (Capricornia-Qld) and Steve Irons (Swan-WA), all of whom hold highly marginal seats.

Former Health Minister Sussan Ley returns to the executive as a parliamentary secretary. She resigned from the Turnbull ministry in 2017 over travel expenses claims. Similarly, Stuart Robert, who resigned in 2016 over a breach of ministerial standards, returns as Assistant Treasurer.

Craig Laundy, the former Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, a prominent support of Malcolm Turnbull, stood down voluntarily from the ministry.

There has been a slight ageing of the overall ministry from an average of 49.90 years to 50.28.

Ministerial movements

  • Out of the ministry completely: Julie Bishop, Keith Pitt, John McVeigh, Craig Laundy, Jane Prentice, Sen. Connie Fierravanti-Wells, Sen. James McGrath, Michael Sukkar, David Gillespie.
  • Promoted to Cabinet: Karen Andrews, Paul Fletcher, Melissa Price, Angus Taylor.
  • New Outer Ministry members: Michael Keenan, David Coleman, Alex Hawke, Stuart Robert.
  • New Assistant Ministers: Steve Irons, Sussan Ley, Andrew Broad, Scott Buchholz, Sen. David Fawcett, Sen. Linda Reynolds, Sarah Henderson, Michelle Landry, Sen. Richard Colbeck.

Comparison Analyses

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 First Morrison Ministry – announced on August 26, 2018
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
7
22
7
29 = 69%
Members in Senate
8
0
8
5
13 = 31%
MALE
17 = 74%
7 = 100%
24 = 80%
7 = 58%
31 = 74%
FEMALE
6 = 26%
0 = 0%
6 = 20%
5 = 42%
11 = 26%
New South Wales
5
2
7
2
9 = 21%
Victoria
6
2
8
2
10 = 24%
Queensland
5
1
6
2
8 = 19%
Western Australia
4
2
6
2
8 = 19%
South Australia
2
0
2
2
4 = 10%
Tasmania
0
0
0
1
1 = 2%
Australian Capital Territory
0
0
0
1
1 = 2%
Northern Territory
1
0
1
0
1 = 2%
Oldest Member
Sen. Nigel Scullion
(62)
Ken Wyatt
(66)
Ken Wyatt
(66)
Mark Coulton
(60)
Ken Wyatt
(66)
Youngest Member
Sen. Matt Canavan
(37)
Alex Hawke
(41)
Sen. Matt Canavan
(37)
Sen. Zed Seselja
(41)
Sen. Matt Canavan
(37)
Age Range
37-62
41-66
37-66
41-60
37-66
Average Age
49.21
48.71
49.10
53.25
50.28
Members aged in 30s
1
0
1
0
1 = 2%
Members aged in 40s
10
5
15
2
17 = 40%
Members aged in 50s
11
1
12
8
20 = 48%
Members aged in 60s
1
1
2
2
4 = 10%

 

The First Morrison Ministry – announced on August 26, 2018
No. Name Sex Date of Birth Age Seat State Party Elected Portfolio
CABINET
1.
Sen. Nigel Scullion
M
04.05.1956
62
NT
Nationals
2001
Minister for Indigenous Affairs
2.
Karen Andrews
F
23.08.1960
58
McPherson
QLD
Liberal
2010
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology
3.
Melissa Price
F
12.12.1963
54
Durack
WA
Liberal
2013
Minister for the Environment
4.
Sen. Marise Payne
F
29.07.1964
54
NSW
Liberal
1997
Minister for Foreign Affairs
5.
Michael McCormack
M
02.08.1964
54
Riverina
NSW
Nationals
2010
Deputy Prime Minister; Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
6.
Paul Fletcher
M
16.01.1965
53
Bradfield
NSW
Liberal
2009
Minister for Families and Social Services
7.
Greg Hunt
M
18.11.1965
52
Flinders
VIC
Liberal
2001
Minister for Health
8.
Angus Taylor
M
30.09.1966
51
Hume
NSW
Liberal
2013
Minister for Energy
9.
Sen. Mitch Fifield
M
16.01.1967
51
VIC
Liberal
2004
Minister for Communications and the Arts
10.
Christopher Pyne
M
13.08.1967
51
Sturt
SA
Liberal
1993
Minister for Defence; Leader of the House
11.
Dan Tehan
M
27.01.1968
50
Wannon
VIC
Liberal
2010
Minister for Education
12.
Scott Morrison
M
13.05.1968
50
Cook
NSW
Liberal
2007
Prime Minister
13.
Sen. Bridget McKenzie
F
27.12.1969
48
VIC
Nationals
2011
Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation
14.
Christian Porter
M
11.07.1970
48
Pearce
WA
Liberal
2013
Attorney-General
15.
Sen. Michaelia Cash
F
19.07.1970
48
WA
Liberal
2008
Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education
16.
Sen. Mathias Cormann
M
20.09.1970
47
WA
Liberal
2007
Minister for Finance and the Public Service; Vice-President of the Executive Council; Leader of the Government in the Senate
17.
Peter Dutton
M
18.11.1970
47
Dickson
QLD
Liberal
2001
Minister for Home Affairs
18.
Josh Frydenberg
M
17.07.1971
47
Kooyong
VIC
Liberal
2010
Treasurer
19.
Steven Ciobo
M
29.05.1974
44
Moncrieff
QLD
Liberal
2001
Minister for Defence Industry
20.
Sen. Simon Birmingham
M
14.06.1974
44
SA
Liberal
2007
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
21.
David Littleproud
M
04.09.1976
41
Maranoa
QLD
Nationals
2016
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
22.
Kelly O’Dwyer
F
31.03.1977
41
Higgins
VIC
Liberal
2009
Minister for Jobs, Industrial Relations and Women
23.
Sen. Matt Canavan
M
17.12.1980
37
QLD
Nationals
2014
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
OUTER MINISTRY
No. Name Sex Date of Birth Age Seat State Party Elected Portfolio
1.
Ken Wyatt
M
04.08.1952
66
Hasluck
WA
Liberal
2010
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care; Minister for Indigenous Health
2.
Darren Chester
M
13.09.1967
50
Gippsland
VIC
Nationals
2008
Minister for Veteran Affairs; Minister for Defence Personnel; Deputy Leader of the House; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
3.
Stuart Robert
M
11.12.1970
47
Fadden
QLD
Liberal
2007
Assistant Treasurer
4.
Alan Tudge
M
24.02.1971
47
Aston
VIC
Liberal
2010
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population
5.
Michael Keenan
M
19.03.1972
46
Stirling
WA
Liberal
2004
Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation
6.
David Coleman
M
05.03.1974
44
Banks
NSW
Liberal
2013
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs
7.
Alex Hawke
M
09.07.1977
41
Mitchell
NSW
Liberal
2007
Special Minister of State
ASSISTANT MINISTERS – PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES
No. Name Sex Date of Birth Age Seat State Party Elected Portfolio
1.
Mark Coulton
M
03.02.1958
60
Parkes
NSW
Nationals
2007
Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
2.
Sen. Richard Colbeck
M
05.04.1958
60
TAS
Liberal
2002-16
2018
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
3.
Steve Irons
M
01.09.1958
59
Swan
WA
Liberal
2007
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister
4.
Sussan Ley
F
14.12.1961
56
Farrer
NSW
Liberal
2001
Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories
5.
Michelle Landry
F
15.10.1962
55
Capricornia
QLD
Nationals
2013
Assistant Minister for Children and Families
6.
Sen. Anne Ruston
F
10.06.1963
55
SA
Liberal
2012
Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific
7.
Sen. David Fawcett
M
23.10.1963
54
SA
Liberal
2004-07
2011
Assistant Minister for Defence
8.
Sarah Henderson
F
04.04.1964
54
Corangamite
VIC
Liberal
2013
Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services
9.
Sen. Linda Reynolds
F
16.05.1965
53
WA
Liberal
2014
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs
10.
Scott Buchholz
M
27.03.1968
50
Wright
QLD
Liberal
2010
Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport
11.
Andrew Broad
M
02.07.1975
42
Mallee
VIC
Nationals
2013
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister
12.
Sen. Zed Seselja
M
27-03-1977
41
ACT
Liberal
2013
Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance

 

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