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ELEANOR HALL: In Canberra where the Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has just announced his
new frontbench.

Those who supported a change in the Coalition's policy on climate change have been rewarded with
promotions, with Kevin Andrews, Nick Minchin, Eric Abetz and Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce all
taking new roles.

Some of those who supported the previous leader, Malcolm Turnbull, have been demoted. But Mr Abbott
says his new look frontbench is a good balance.

To discuss the new Opposition line-up, I'm joined now in our Canberra studio by Sabra Lane.

So Sabra, who are the big winners?

SABRA LANE: Eleanor, outspoken critics of the Government's emissions trading scheme have been
rewarded and the moderates have been demoted. Let's run through some of those changes.

The leaders of the Liberals in the Senate, the self-proclaimed climate change sceptic, Nick
Minchin, one of the agitators behind Malcolm Turnbull's demise as leader, has been rewarded with
the resources and energy portfolio. He was previously the broadband and communication spokesman.

Another hardliner Senator Eric Abetz, formerly the innovation and industry spokesman, now takes on
the tough job of employment and workplace relations.

National Senator Barnaby Joyce, someone who Tony Abbott describes as the best retail politician in
Australia, who was an ardent critic of the Government's emissions trading scheme and he opted not
to have a portfolio under Mr Turnbull. He now comes back onto the frontbench in the key role as
finance spokesman.

Kevin Andrews, you will remember he was the first to say he'd challenge Mr Turnbull if the party
room voted for a spill two weeks ago, he has been rewarded with Mr Abbott's old role of families,
housing and human services.

Other faces from the Howard era include Philip Ruddock. He is back as the shadow cabinet secretary.
He won't have voting rights in those meetings but Mr Abbott says he will contribute valuable
corporate knowledge and advice.

Joe Hockey stays as treasury spokesman.

Peter Dutton, who was preparing to run on a joint ticket with Mr Hockey, keeps his health
portfolio.

Other notable rewards include Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion becomes the Indigenous
affairs spokesman.

And while Tony Abbott once joked that he was the ideological lovechild of John Howard and Bronwyn
Bishop, well now he has rewarded his ideology mother taking Bronwyn Bishop off the backbench and
into the role of minister for seniors, shadow minister for seniors.

He says as a senior too, she'll understand their needs well.

Greg Hunt keeps the environment portfolio but the role has undergone a name change. It will be the
shadow minister for climate action. Mr Abbott says there will be a new policy in place by the time
Parliament is back in the first week of February and Ian Macfarlane, the man who was the
Opposition's key negotiator with the Government on the emissions trading scheme takes on the
important roles of shadow infrastructure and water.

And Mr Andrew Robb will be chairman of the Coalition's policy development committee.

Moderate Senator Marise Payne also comes in from the backbench as does conservative Senator
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.

Mr Abbott says his frontbench line-up is a good balance of all sides of the Coalition.

TONY ABBOTT: This is a balanced team. I accept that some people have shifted. I accept that but
inevitably if you are going to have a new team, there does have to be some change and I want to
thank everyone for the job that they have done up till now but I want to make it very clear that
this is a new start with a new team.

REPORTER: Mr Abbott, bringing back Bronwyn Bishop, Kevin Andrews and to a lesser extent Philip
Ruddock as well. Is this a reach back to the Howard era?

TONY ABBOTT: No. It is an attempt to make the most of the abilities and the experience that we've
got. They are three very significant and substantial politicians. Obviously at different times they
have been controversial. At times all three of them in their own ways have been polarising but they
all have a lot to contribute and I am determined to make the most of all the talents that I have
got in the team.

ELEANOR HALL: That is the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott there.

Now Sabra, Malcolm Turnbull made it clear that he was heading to the backbench and certainly hasn't
been courting favour with the new leader in recent days but what about Mr Turnbull's supporters?
You mentioned Ian Macfarlane there. He is moving to a different position but what about others who
supported Mr Turnbull?

SABRA LANE: Well other notables are Sharman Stone who was the immigration spokesman. She has been
demoted to shadow minister for early childhood education and she told News Limited papers today
that her demotion was payback and that she was being done over by the party's right.

Steve Ciobo, another Turnbull supporter, he retains his role as tourism and arts spokesman but he
has been moved to the outer ministry. He has lost his small business portfolio.

Mr Abbott was asked if these appointments were all payback and he was at great pains to point out
that it wasn't and he used the case of Scott Morrison as an example, someone who he describes as
one of the leading lights of the class of 2007. He was a formal Turnbull loyalist. He becomes the
party's immigration spokesman.

Mr Abbott says the Opposition has been too focussed on being a government in exile and that it will
now get on with the job of bring the Government to account.

ELEANOR HALL: Well talk of payback of course doesn't sound like a united party yet. Has the former
opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull followed up on yesterday's performance with any more attacks on
his own side today?

SABRA LANE: Well, look he has been out and about this morning. He was out in Sydney this morning at
a school. He visited two years ago when he was environment minister. Back then he announced the
phasing out of incandescent light bulbs and today there wasn't any sign of the incandescent rage
that we saw yesterday.

In that blog he took a swipe at Tony Abbott and said any new policy on climate change would be a
con and a fig leaf to cover up a do nothing policy.

He declined to sort of elaborate on that today and maybe based on what some his colleagues have
been saying today, maybe he is heeding their advice and not saying anything further but Mr Turnbull
says he hopes others will join him in crossing the floor and voting through the Government's
emissions trading scheme.

Now let's listen to what he had to say.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: I've made my points very clear and it is important to do that. It is important
that people in my electorate know where I stand and the Australian people know where I stand. So I
have done that but I don't propose to add to it today. I think I have expressed my views very
clearly.

ELEANOR HALL: And he did indeed. That is the former opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull and Sabra
Lane giving us the details on the Opposition's new frontbench line-up announced this morning by
Tony Abbott.