PM Turnbull dumps Macfarlane from front bench

Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane has been replaced as minister of Industry and Science by Sturt MP Christopher Pyne.
Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane has been replaced as minister of Industry and Science by Sturt MP Christopher Pyne. Bev Lacey

MEMBER for Groom Ian Macfarlane has been dumped from the ministry of Industry and Science after a reshuffle by Australia's new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

He will be replaced by Sturt MP Christopher Pyne.

The demotion was part of sweeping changes made by Mr Turnbull which also included the appointment of a new treasurer.

Mr Macfarlane had supported Mr Turnbull when he knifed former prime minister Tony Abbott on September 14.

There had been speculation Mr Macfarlane could retain a ministry under the new leader but Mr Turnbull's announcement has ruled that out.

Mr Turnbull said he was announcing a "21st century government and a ministry for the future".

"The changes I'm announcing are very extensive," he said.

Mr Turnbull said Mr Macfarlane's replacement Mr Pyne would be at the centre of one of the most important agendas.

"If we want to remain a prosperous first world economy with a generous social welfare safety net we must be more competitive, we must be more productive, above all more innovative.

"We have to work more agilely, more innovatively, we have to be more nimble in the way we seize the enormous opportunities that are presented to us.

"We're not seeking to proof ourselves against the future, we're seeking to embrace it and this is a government and a ministry that has that as its focus."

Mr Turnbull said Mr Macfarlane's old department would drive the government's focus on investing in science, promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics, education, supporting start-ups and bringing together innovation initiatives right across government.

Mr Pyne will continue as leader of the government in the house.

Mr Turnbull also appointed Cook MP Scott Morrison as treasurer.


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