SYDNEY (REUTERS) – Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday (Feb 6) announced a Cabinet reshuffle following the resignations of two senior ministers.
Morrison said Keith Pitt – a well-known supporter of nuclear power and the country’s coal industry – will become Australia’s minister for mining and resources.
David Littleproud, Australia’s minister for drought, will combine that role with the responsibility of overseeing the country’s A$60 billion (S$60 billion) agricultural sector.
The appointments come after Bridget McKenzie was forced to resign from her post as the minister of agriculture on Sunday after an independent audit found that money from a A$100 million sports development fund was used to target votes ahead of last year’s federal election.
Matt Canavan resigned earlier this week as minister for mining and resources amid a fracture in the National Party – the junior partner in Morrison’s coalition government.