Malcolm Turnbull's new cabinet has some surprising changes, especially for Christopher Pyne

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Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announced his new ministry and Cabinet this afternoon, keeping his inner circle but changing their jobs.

Former environment minister Greg Hunt gets Christopher Pyne’s old job of minister for industry, innovation and science, with Pyne, from South Australia, where the government plans to spend $50 billion on new submarines, takes on a new role as defence industry minister.

While some observers consider Pyne’s new role a demotion, the prime minister argued that the government was building an entirely new sector that requires additional oversight from someone like the South Australian, who the PM said has “energy” that is “quite legendary”.

The Defence White Paper features $195 billion of new investment over 10 years.

“What we are doing in defence industry is completely transformational,” Turnbull said.

“People do not recognise quite how big this change is… This is all about delivery,” he said.

In response Pyne said he was “delighted and humbled” by his new role.

Christopher Pyne. Photo: Stefan Postles/ Getty.

“Australia is entering the single biggest period of defence construction in its history,” he said. “I will manage this massive program.”

Josh Frydenberg adds the environment portfolio, which is expected to add a greener tinge to his existing responsibilities as energy minister. He will oversee issues such as the renewable energy target and carbon reduction.

Kelly O’Dwyer’s job description as assistant treasurer is being changed to minister for revenue and financial services.

One of the biggest winners is Queensland LNP MP Matt Canavan who moves into Cabinet, taking on Frydenberg’s old responsibilities for resources and Northern Australia.

NSW Nationals senator Fiona Nash, currently minister for regional development and communications and rural health, also takes on the additional role of local government and territories minister. She’s supported by fellow NSW Nationals MP David Gillespie as a new assistant minister for rural health.

There are four other key changes to the ministry with Bradfield MP moving to Urban Infrastructure, Victorian senator Scott Ryan becoming special minister of state, Victorian MP Dan Tehan adding Defence Personnel to his existing role as Veterans Affairs minister and NSW Nationals MP Michael McCormack swapping assistant defence minister to the Small Business portfolio.

Defending that decision to drop the position from Cabinet, Turnbull said “every minister is a small business minister”.

“I think about small business all the time,” he said.

“Everyone is focused on small business.”

There are three new assistant ministers, alongside Colbeck, with Nationals MP Luke Hartsuyker returning to the ministry after being dropped in February to become assistant minister to deputy MP Barnaby Joyce.

ACT Liberal senator Zed Seselja becomes assistant minister for social services and multicultural affairs.

Other changes include Queensland LNP MP Karen Andrews, previously assistant science minister, takes on vocational education and skills. NSW MP Alex Hawke moves from assisting the treasurer to assistant minister for immigration and border protection and Keith Pitt will become the Assistant Minister for Trade, Investment and Tourism. Craig Laundy will assist Greg Hunt.

Tasmanian senator Richard Colbeck’s has not been reappointed as tourism minister because is position remains in doubt.

“We have a clear mandate to proceed with our policies,” the prime minister said, adding that “budget repair will be a front-of-mind issue for this entire parliament”.

“This provides stability and continuity at a time when there are great opportunities ahead for Australia,” Turnbull said.

Here is the full ministry:

Prime Minister
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion

Minister for Women
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

Cabinet Secretary
Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter-Terrorism
The Hon Michael Keenan MP
Minister Assisting the Cabinet Secretary
Senator the Hon Scott Ryan
>Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security
The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister
Senator the Hon James McGrath
Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation
The Hon Angus Taylor MP

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
Senator the Hon Anne Ruston
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister
The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

Minister for International Development and the Pacific
Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
The Hon Keith Pitt MP

Attorney-General
(Vice-President of the Executive Council)
(Leader of the Government in the Senate)

Senator the Hon George Brandis QC

Minister for Justice
The Hon Michael Keenan MP

Treasurer
The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Minister for Revenue and Financial Services
The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP

Minister for Small Business
The Hon Michael McCormack MP

Minister for Finance
(Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate)
Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann

Special Minister of State
Senator the Hon Scott Ryan

Minister for Regional Development; Regional Communications; Local Government and Territories<; Rural Health/strong>
Senator the Hon Fiona Nash

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
(Deputy Leader of the House)
The Hon Darren Chester MP

Minister for Urban Infrastructure

The Hon Paul Fletcher MP

Minister for Defence
Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Defence Industry
(Leader of the House)
The Hon Christopher Pyne MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs; Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
The Hon Dan Tehan MP

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
The Hon Peter Dutton MP
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
The Hon Alex Hawke MP

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
The Hon Craig Laundy MP

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
Senator the Hon Matt Canavan

Minister for Health and Aged Care; Sport
The Hon Sussan Ley MP
Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP
Assistant Minister for Rural Health
Dr David Gillespie MP

Minister for Communications; Arts
(Manager of Government Business in the Senate)
Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for Employment
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

Minister for Social Services
The Hon Christian Porter MP

Minister for Human Services
The Hon Alan Tudge MP
Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services
The Hon Jane Prentice MP
Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs
Senator Zed Seselja

Minister for Education and Training
Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
The Hon Karen Andrews MP

Minister for the Environment and Energy
The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP

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