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Ley promoted

Ley promoted

Assistant minister role for Sussan Ley under new PM Scott Morrison

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley has won herself a promotion as part of the cabinet reshuffle which followed Scott Morrison's rise to Prime Minister.

Ms Ley was on the back benches under Malcolm Turnball and will now serve as Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, serving under ministers Michael McCormack and Bridget McKenzie.

It's a return to the spotlight for Ms Ley, who had previously held held Health and Sport cabinet positions before stepping down amid claims she mis-used travel and expenditure claims in 2017.

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Iin a statement released on Friday, Ms Ley said whe looked forward to working with the new Prime Minister, despite keeping her position in the leadership ballot a secret.

''I have worked closely with our new PM in various roles. He has a good understanding of the needs of rural Australia, particularly in difficult times," she said.

"An example from the last drought was his establishment of an ‘exchange’ for country children so they could take time out for a beach holiday.

"He understands small business, he gets the needs of families, and I believe he will be receptive to my ideas for new drought relief measures and ensuring water for our farmers.

"I believe we can win the next election and am sure every single member of my party and the Coalition will get behind the new leadership team, working together for the benefit of our country."

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