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The Environment Minister Is Now The "Environment And Energy Minister"

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the details of his ministerial reshuffle on Monday.

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The man who was recently named the "best minister in the world", Greg Hunt, has been shafted from his job as environment minister in the PM's reshuffle.

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Earlier this year, Hunt was given an award at the World Government Summit in the United Arab Emirates for his role in axing the carbon tax. Turnbull has taken the environment minister role from him, giving him the portfolio of industry, innovation and science.

The new environment minister is Josh Frydenberg, who will also pick up the energy portfolio in what could be considered conflicting areas of public policy.

"Can I say that Mr Hunt has been an outstanding environment minister and he served in that portfolio in government and, indeed, in opposition," said Turnbull.

Last year, Frydenberg as resources minister said there was a "strong moral case [for coal mining] that the green activists sometimes don’t comprehend".

Senior government MP Christopher Pyne was moved into the role of minister for defence industry, which Turnbull said would oversee the massive $50 billion submarine project based in his home state of South Australia.

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The Nationals were rewarded for a good election result with Queensland senator Matthew Canavan becoming the minister for resources and northern Australia.

Several more minor players in the government were promoted into the outer ministry, including ACT conservative senator Zed Seselja who became assistant minister for social services and multicultural affairs.

During the election campaign, it was revealed that Seselja had sexist images of Greens' candidates posted inside his campaign van.

Despite criticism of a lack of female MPs in Turnbull's government, no women scored a promotion. Assistant treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer was stripped of her title and made minister for revenue and financial services.

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"This is three years of delivery," said Turnbull, announcing his new team.

"My team will now get on with the job of governing, constructively working and engaging with the other parties in the parliament, to deliver the strong and secure future, the strong economic leadership, that Australians expect and will get from my government."

And Tony Abbott? Nope. Malcolm Turnbull did not bring him back to a senior position in the government.

Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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