Changes to the Coalition’s defence industry shadow portfolio.

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has announced a reorganization within the Coalition’s defence industry shadow portfolio, resulting in Luke Howarth, Member for Petrie, being relieved of his duties in that realm.

This restructuring paves the way for Andrew Hastie to assume expanded responsibilities, taking on the role of shadow minister for defence industry and defence personnel, in addition to his existing position as shadow minister for defence. Phillip Thompson OAM will support Hastie, with an augmented portfolio encompassing the roles of shadow assistant minister for defence industry and defence personnel, alongside his current position as assistant minister for defence.

Dutton clarified that these appointments were necessitated by perceived conflicts between Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles and the Department of Defence. He expressed satisfaction in having Andrew and Phil at the helm of the crucial defence portfolios, aiming to hold the government accountable and enhance outcomes for the Australian Defence Force.

Former shadow defence industry minister Luke Howarth will transition to the role of shadow assistant treasurer and shadow minister for financial services within the Coalition’s shadow ministry.

Additionally, Senator James Paterson, serving as shadow home affairs and cyber security minister, will also undertake the responsibility of shadow cabinet secretary.

Dutton emphasized the significance of these appointments in addressing Australia’s priorities, portraying them as valuable additions to the Coalition’s unified team. He assured Australians that under his leadership, the Coalition would maintain focus on pertinent policy matters, delivering constructive plans and policies as the country approaches the forthcoming election.

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