New Australian PM selects cabinet, foreign affairs minister resigns

New PM Scott Morrison the immediate challenge facing his Liberals is healing their rifts

The annual General Assembly session brings together the leaders of the world, but with then Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull unable to fly to NY previous year, Ms Bishop seamlessly filled in.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has restored Peter Dutton to his first cabinet, moving quickly to heal wounds from the Liberal Party's civil war.

"I will be resigning from my cabinet position as Minister for Foreign Affairs", Bishop said in a statement, signaling her intention to remain on the backbench.

But the conversation between Morrison supporters shows politicians were encouraged to vote for Mr Morrison over Ms Bishop in the first round.

"I'll be leaving the Parliament ... not before too long", Mr Turnbull said last Friday in his final media conference as prime minister.

The hard-right MP who led the charge against Mr Turnbull but lost the leadership ballot to Mr Morrison was sworn in as home affairs minister on Monday.

When some members of the group pointed out Bishop should be notified, another member, claimed to be Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, allegedly wrote: "I have".

Australia's new prime minister has visited the drought-stricken Outback as he turns his focus away from his government's internal drama.

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The possibility that Ms Bishop could leave Parliament before the next election will be a major concern for Mr Morrison, Mr Turnbull's former treasurer, because it opens the possibility of another by-election being held for her seat.

The new Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, attends a swearing-in ceremony in Canberra on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.

Dutton will return to Home Affairs, but his former super-portfolio will be split, with Dutton focusing on cyber security, law enforcement, border of protection and security agencies.

Taylor was instead given the energy portfolio in the new cabinet, taking over from now-treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

Morrison said he shared with Trump the story of Australian soldier Leslie "Bull" Allen "who is a symbol of our 100 years of mateship".

In the messages, Paul Fletcher warns that former Finance Minister Mathias Cormann was helping gather support for Bishop.

Morrison's new cabinet included a number of ministers who were involved in Turnbull's ouster, taken as a sign he was trying to unite the party.

Meanwhile, Tony Abbott could not resist a sneaky dig at Malcolm Turnbull when he sat on 2GB this morning.

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