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Turnbull Ministry

Turnbull Ministry

70th Ministry of Australia
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove with newly appointed ministers to the Turnbull Ministry
Date formed 15 September 2015
People and organisations
Head of government Malcolm Turnbull
Deputy head of government Warren Truss
Head of state Queen Elizabeth II (represented by Sir Peter Cosgrove)
Number of ministers 30
Member party LiberalNational coalition
Status in legislature Coalition majority government
Opposition cabinet 2013–present
Opposition party Labor
Opposition leader Bill Shorten
Legislature term(s) 44th
Previous Abbott Ministry
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Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister of Australia

The Turnbull Ministry (Liberal–National Coalition) is the 70th ministry of the Government of Australia, led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. It succeeds the Abbott Ministry after a leadership spill that took place on 14 September 2015 ended Prime Minister Tony Abbott's leadership of the Liberal Party of Australia.[1] On 15 September, the National Party confirmed, after successful negotiations, that it would continue a coalition agreement with the Liberal Party, guaranteeing the Turnbull Government a majority in the Australian House of Representatives.[2]

The Turnbull Ministry carried over from its predecessor Abbott Ministry, until Turnbull announced significant ministerial changes on 20 September which took effect the following day.[3][4] Like the Abbott Ministry, the Turnbull Ministry contains 30 Ministers, but increased the number of ministers in the cabinet from 19 to 21, with the other 9 being in the outer ministry. There are also 12 assistant ministers.


  • Cabinet 1
    • Outer Ministry 1.1
    • Assistant Ministers 1.2
  • Whips 2
    • House of Representatives 2.1
    • Senate 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


Party Minister Portfolio
Liberal Malcolm Turnbull MP
National Warren Truss MP
Liberal Julie Bishop MP
LNP Senator QC
Liberal Senator Mathias Cormann
Liberal Scott Morrison MP
National Barnaby Joyce MP
Liberal Christopher Pyne MP
CLP Senator Nigel Scullion
Liberal Senator Marise Payne
Liberal Sussan Ley MP
Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham
Liberal Senator Michaelia Cash
Liberal Christian Porter MP
Liberal Kelly O'Dwyer MP
Liberal Andrew Robb AOMP
Liberal Greg Hunt MP
LNP Peter Dutton MP
Liberal Senator Mitch Fifield
Liberal Josh Frydenberg MP
Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos AO
  • Cabinet Secretary

Outer Ministry

Party Minister Portfolio
Liberal Paul Fletcher MP
LNP Steven Ciobo MP
Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck
LNP Mal Brough MP
Liberal Jamie Briggs MP
National Senator Fiona Nash
LNP Stuart Robert MP
Liberal Michael Keenan MP
National Luke Hartsuyker MP

Assistant Ministers

Turnbull changed the name of Parliamentary Secretaries to Assistant Ministers because, he said, the previous title was confusing.

Party Minister Portfolio
Liberal Alan Tudge MP
  • Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister
LNP Senator James McGrath
  • Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister
Liberal Dr Peter Hendy MP
  • Assistant Minister for Productivity
Liberal Senator Scott Ryan
  • Assistant Cabinet Secretary
National Michael McCormack MP
  • Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister
LNP Karen Andrews MP
  • Assistant Minister for Science
LNP Wyatt Roy MP
  • Assistant Minister for Innovation
Liberal Ken Wyatt AM MP
  • Assistant Minister for Health (from 30 September)
Liberal Alex Hawke MP
  • Assistant Minister to the Treasurer
Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
  • Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Liberal Senator Anne Ruston
  • Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
National Darren Chester MP
  • Assistant Minister for Defence


Prime Minister Turnbull announced the promotion of Nola Marino to Chief Government Whip and the promotions of Brett Whiteley and Ewen Jones to Government Whips on 27 September. The Senate whip positions remained unchanged at that time.[5]

House of Representatives

Party Whip Title
Liberal Nola Marino MP
  • Chief Government Whip in the House of Representatives
LNP Ewen Jones MP
  • Government Whip in House of Representatives
Liberal Brett Whiteley MP
  • Government Whip in House of Representatives
National Mark Coulton MP
  • Nationals Chief Whip in the House of Representatives
  • Nationals Deputy Whip in the House of Representatives


Party Whip Title
Liberal Senator David Bushby
  • Chief Government Whip in the Senate
Liberal Senator Anne Ruston
  • Deputy Government Whip in the Senate
Liberal Senator Chris Back
National Senator Bridget McKenzie
  • Nationals Whip in the Senate

See also


  1. ^ "Malcolm Turnbull wins Liberal leadership ballot over Tony Abbott". ABC News (Australia). 14 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Malcolm Turnbull woos Nationals with competition backflip, up to $4b deal".  
  3. ^ "Malcolm Turnbull announces new Cabinet in 'process of renewal', drops Joe Hockey, Eric Abetz". ABC (Australia). 21 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Malcolm Turnbull's Cabinet reshuffle:Who's going where?". ABC (Australia). 21 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  5. ^
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