Australia's foreign minister resigns amid Cabinet revamp

The messages allegedly sent by Federal MPs in the Whats App group

Camera Icon The messages allegedly sent by Federal MPs in the Whats App group

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop says she's quitting following the selection of a new prime minister in an internal party vote.

"Today I advised the prime minister that I will be resigning from my Cabinet position as minister for foreign affairs", Bishop said in a statement, adding that she would remain in Parliament on the backbench.

The latest Newspoll, published by The Australian newspaper, also showed opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten, who had long trailed Mr Turnbull, is now preferred prime minister.

The energy and environment portfolios, which used to have the same minister, have been severed under Mr Morrison's newly unveiled ministry.

Liberal senator Michaelia Cash, one of three ministers to announce they had lost confidence in the Turnbull government on Thursday, has been given Small Business.

The challenge had been instigated by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, whom Morrison - also to the right of the party - defeated in a secret ballot. "She has been and remains an inspiring role model for women here and around the world".

New Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to unveil his new cabinet later on Sunday afternoon.

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.

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New Treasurer and deputy Liberal leader Josh Frydenberg, a Turnbull ally, conceded the disastrous poll put the government on track for a devastating defeat at elections that must be held by mid-May.

"Be aware that this is a ruse trying to get her ahead of Morrison so he drops out and his votes to Dutton".

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

The former treasurer, a Turnbull ally who upset right-wing challenger Peter Dutton in the internal party ballot, said he had had a warm chat with the United States president.

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

Broadcaster Ray Hadley - under fire for encouraging MPs to abandon Turnbull in favour of conservative Peter Dutton - told Abbott the role was intended as an olive branch and sign of respect.

Those in the running include Christine Forster, a well-known Liberal councillor in Sydney and the sister of former prime minister Tony Abbott, as well as former diplomat Dave Sharma, who was the Australian ambassador to Israel before moving to the private sector.

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