CANBERRA – South Australian senator Simon Birmingham is firming as favourite to take the Communications Minister job vacated by Malcolm Turnbull, when Turnbull launched his successful bid to become Prime Minister. Turnbull is expected to announce the new ministry on Monday.Other possibilities for the comms post include Paul
Fletcher, a former Optus executive who has been parliamentary secretary to
Turnbull; and Joe Hockey who appears likely to be moved from the Treasurer’s
job, almost certainly to be handed to Scott Morrison in return for his help in
securing the numbers for Turnbull’s successful coup.
However Birmingham, a former Water Minister and currently Assistant Education
and Training Minister under Christopher Pyne, is seen as having driven a
reduction in dysfunction in Australia’s vocational education system, and may
prove a better choice to tackle the floundering NBN rollout.
Birmingham yesterday told Sky News he has had no conversation yet with Turnbull
about a new role.
“I have no expectations; I love my current role. What this is about is a
better government, an even better government for the Australian people, and
that’s what matters, not what role I have,” he said.