BRANDIS ABROAD

Attorney-General George Brandis is on the verge of a long-anticipated exit from federal politics, with the Turnbull government expected to reshuffle its ministry today. It is widely reported that Brandis will vacate his position in the Senate to take over the role of High Commissioner in London, currently held by Alexander Downer. It is also reported that Senator Arthur Sinodinos will not return to cabinet after stepping aside due to poor health.

The opening of the Attorney-General position is tipped to be filled by Western Australian MP Christian Porter, with Dan Tehan expected to move into cabinet in what The Australian is calling a win for conservatives ($). Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce will move to the Transport and Infrastructure portfolio while fellow Nationals MP Bridget McKenzie goes into cabinet. Peter Dutton will head the new Home Affairs super-portfolio.