Leaked messages reveal plan to stop Julie Bishop's leadership bid

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Australia's foreign minister resigns from Cabinet

He sought to heal the wounds exposed by the infighting.

Peter Dutton has retained the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) portfolio following last week's leadership spill, with new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcing his ministry on Sunday afternoon.

"This new Liberal-National team is a next-generation team", Morrison told reporters in Canberra of the governing coalition between the Liberals and the rural-based Nationals party. The poll we publish today underscores the disenchantment of the people; about two-thirds of respondents in the three electorates - one each in Victoria, NSW and Queensland - disagree with the political assassination of Malcolm Turnbull, the latest prime minister to be dragged down not by the voters who count but by hysterical colleagues focussed on their own interests. She attracted no votes from her home state of Western Australia.

The portfolio has been elevated to cabinet following sustained calls from the conservative faction to give it increased prominence in a bid to sharpen its anti-business attacks on Labor in the lead-up to the next election.

Angus Taylor, who was among those who backed Mr Dutton in the leadership challenge, has been given the Energy role.

Dutton had assumed the inaugural role of minister for Home Affairs after former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a year ago created the superministry that combined the functions of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Australian Federal Police (AFP), Border Force, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), Austrac, and the office of transport security. Tudge will take on population and infrastructure.

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WA powerbroker Mathias Cormann will remain as Finance Minister and the Leader of the Government in the Senate, despite his very public support for Dutton.

'Be aware that this is a ruse trying to get her ahead of Morrison so he drops out and his votes go to Dutton.

The former deputy Liberal leader said she will stay on as an MP.

Simon Birmingham will take over Mr Ciobo's former job as Trade Minister.

Morrison scrambled 45 votes to defeat Dutton's 40 in the final vote on Friday. Both saw off Bishop, who secured the support of 11 MPs in the first round of voting. That is fair enough, particularly as Peter Dutton, who appeared to be a puppet of the man still pathologically bitter at being deposed by Mr Turnbull, Tony Abbott, did not prevail.

Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

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