Fletcher expresses surprise at spill

Paul Fletcher,, third from right, with his Ministerial colleagues
Paul Fletcher,, third from right, with his Ministerial colleagues

Bradfield MP and new Minister for Families and Social Services says last week’s leadership spill within the Liberal Party came out of the blue.

“The proposal to change our existing leadership team certainly came as a surprise to me – and I voted against it at both of the Liberal Party Room meetings held to consider the matter,” he said.

“But ultimately the leadership of the Liberal Party is determined through a democratic process – and once the Party Room made its decision for change, I was pleased to vote for two outstanding candidates, Scott Morrison as our leader and Josh Frydenberg as deputy.

“This change sees the mantle of leadership pass to the next generation.”

In his first public appearance Prime Minister Morrison sent a very clear message to the Australian people about the priorities of the Morrison Government: “I am on your side and my Government is on your side.”

In the new Cabinet Mr Fletcher will control the biggest budget of all Federal departments.

“I have a particular opportunity to put these words into action, having been appointed as Minister for Families and Social Services in the Morrison Government – a portfolio which serves millions of Australians.

“It is unfortunate that the events of last week have been a distraction from our responsibilities as a government.

But now, the Morrison Government has its focus firmly where it needs to be – on serving the Australian people.”

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