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Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced her resignation from the cabinet.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and National Drought Coordinator Major-General Stephen Day are greeted by Australia's Minister for Agricultre and Water Resources David Littleproud after arriving at Quilpie on August 27, 2018.

Speaking on Julie Bishops' decision to step back from the front bench, Morrison said he would have welcomed her into the Ministry but thanked the outgoing Foreign Affairs Minister for her decade of service to the Liberal Party, adding that she would continue to be a passionate campaigner into the future.

The cybersecurity portfolio was introduced in 2016 by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull as part of his national cybersecurity strategy, appointing Dan Tehan as its first minister. Reuters/David Gray The new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the new Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Governor General of Australia Peter Cosgrove pose after the swearing-in ceremony in Canberra, Australia August 24, 2018.

Mathias Cormann will also remain in his position as Finance Minister and leader of the Government in the Senate, after earlier this week becoming one of the last of the MPs to withdraw his support from Turnbull.

The American Peter Dutton found himself caught in the crossfire of Australian politics recently and has been having fun with the case of mistaken identity.

Australia's former prime minister has said he will resign from parliament this week in a move that could cost the government its single-seat majority. However, there was no ministerial role for Abbott, now a backbencher. "The circumstances have appalled most Australians but again, I won't labour the point", he told a gathering in his electorate on Monday night, Fairfax reported.

A news feature described Morisson, also known among his colleagues as ScoMo, as a "leader-in-waiting" for years. Payne's post as Defence minister will be filled in by Christopher Pyne.

Morrison also split the role of Energy and Environment minister, naming Melissa Price as environment minister and selecting Angus Taylor to head energy.

Mr Abbott said his sister would be a good competitor in the impending by-election. Dutton has been attacked as a puppet of former PM Tony Abbott, whom Turnbull replaced as PM in a party room vote in 2015. The new prime minister unveiled his "new generation" cabinet on Sunday.

"We need the ideas to keep coming as long as the drought goes on and beyond", he said.

Mr Hadley banned Mr Morrison from his show over a year ago, with the broadcaster saying the then-Treasurer "doesn't say anything" and had "become boring".

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