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Nationals MPs promoted in cabinet reshuffle

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Two Nationals MPs have been promoted to cabinet following the shakeup caused by Bridget McKenzie’s resignation.

Two Nationals MPs have been promoted to cabinet following the shakeup caused by Bridget McKenzie's resignation.

The Veterans Affairs portfolio has been moved into the cabinet, allowing Darren Chester to return from the outer ministry.

Mr Chester previously served in the cabinet in the Infrastructure and Transport portfolio.

Victorian MP Darren Chester will have his portfolio of Veterans Affairs moved into cabinet.

Queensland backbencher Keith Pitt will take the Mining, Resources, and Northern Australia position left vacant by Matt Canavan.

He will also take on the Water portfolio.

David Littleproud will become Minister for Agriculture.

While announcing the new promotions, Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanked Senators McKenzie and Canavan.

"Can I also thank, and put on record my thanks, to Bridget McKenzie, as I did here on the weekend, for the great work that she did for rural and regional Australians, in particular when it comes to the drought," he said.

"And can I also thank Matt Canavan for his service to our Cabinet."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack speak to the media about a ministerial reshuffle at Parliament House in Canberra.

Andrew Gee will move into the outer ministry in the regional education and decentralisation portfolios.

Mark Coulton will take on the regional health, regional communications and local government roles in the outer ministry.

And Michelle Landry will serve as Assistant Minister for Northern Australia, as well as Assistant Minister for Children and Families.

The new ministers will be sworn in this afternoon.

The first vacancy was created by the resignation of Bridget McKenzie, who was embroiled in the sports rort scandal.

In the subsequent leadership spill, Senator Canavan resigned his portfolio in a gesture of solidarity with failed contender Barnaby Joyce.

Mr Morrison sung the praises of the Nationals-Liberals alliance while announcing the appointments.

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"The heart of the relationship between the Liberals and the Nationals is our deep passion and conviction for supporting the needs of rural and regional Australians, and our belief in the future of rural and regional Australia," he said.

"And at its heart, that's what the Coalition is about."

Queensland MP Keith Pitt will be promoted to the cabinet.

Source: 9News

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