Christian Porter firms to replace George Brandis in Malcolm Turnbull reshuffle

Christian Porter firms to replace George Brandis in Malcolm Turnbull reshuffle

The decision for him to succeed Downer in the plum post s expected to be confirmed in a reshuffle by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull sometime this week, multiple reports suggest today.

Mr Porter's expected from Social Services to Attorney-General - he is a former treasurer and attorney-general in the Western Australian Parliament - will trigger further changes to the cabinet, and the outer ministry. It'll all be announced tomorrow, along with Turnbull's other cabinet reshuffles.

Michaelia Cash became minister for jobs and innovation, while Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce took responsibility for infrastructure and transport instead of agriculture.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton will step up to become the Minister for Home Affairs - responsible for national security.

Nationals MP Darren Chester has been dumped as Infrastructure Minister with little-known Queensland backbenchers David Littleproud and John McVeigh taking his place.

Also absent from the new line-up is Arthur Sinodinos, who has opted out of the federal cabinet while he undergoes cancer treatment.

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"I just wish that the government would spend as much time worrying about the jobs of Australians as they spend worrying about the jobs of inconvenient cabinet ministers being shuffled off to appointments overseas", deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek told reporters in Sydney.

Mr Turnbull said the former Industry Minister would likely return mid-2018.

He will exit on a high note, after almost 18 years in Parliament, having helped lead the case for the historic legalisation of same-sex marriage and having introduced a sweeping package of laws created to curb foreign interference in Australia's democratic systems and processes.

Senator Brandis's role as Leader of the Senate will be filled by Senator Mathias Cormann, who also takes on the addition role Special Minister of State.

Turnbull is also already under fire for only naming one extra woman, McKenzie, to his cabinet while giving promotions to more men.

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