30TH PRIME MINISTER: SCOTT MORRISON

IMMIGRATION MINISTERS: PORTFOLIO SPLIT: PETER DUTTON & DAVID COLEMAN

After an interesting week in Australia’s politics our 30th Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced his new ministry.

Having served a year as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection from 2013-2014 Mr Morrison has announced that Peter Dutton will return to Home Affairs. The Home Affairs portfolio will be split between Peter Dutton and David Coleman.

Mr Dutton with be focusing on cyber security, law enforcement, border of protection and security agencies. Mr Coleman will take on Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs. The split in the portfolio indicates a separation between the economic role of immigration from that of national security. Mr Coleman has said his team was chosen to ensure stability but also to “begin the work of healing that is needed” after the leadership change.

What do we know about our David Coleman?

David Coleman, a law graduate, prior to entering politics was a prominent business executive. Mr Coleman entered Parliament in 2013. He created history by winning the Banks seat for the Liberal Party for the first time in its 64-year history. He was appointed to the Standing Committee on Economics after his election and was promoted to Chairman in September 2016. In 2017 Mr Coleman was appointed as Assistant Minister for Finance.

What can we expect in the Immigration space?

Mr Morrison has said the following:

We need a strong focus on our immigration program, so it brings the skills and the harmony and the unity that we want from the program.”

Whilst its difficult to predict the effect of the Home Affairs portfolio split it does give the government under Mr Morrison’s leadership a chance to strike a balance.

Watch this space for further information and contact us if you have any questions.

Ines Jusufspahic

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