Dut­ton’s drop on sur­vivor list


PETER Dut­ton has fallen down the ranks of the Govern­ment’s “des­ig­nated sur­vivor” list fol­low­ing his un­suc­cess­ful bid to be­come prime min­is­ter.

The rank­ing list, which re­flects the sta­tus of each Cabi­net min­is­ter and is de­cided by Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son, would also be used in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion to de­cide who was the high­est-rank­ing of­fi­cial to lead the coun­try if oth­ers were ab­sent, on leave or dead. The term “des­ig­nated sur­vivor” refers to a US TV show star­ring Kiefer Suther­land about an ob­scure politi­cian who ends up as Pres­i­dent fol­low­ing a ter­ror­ist at­tack.

The Sun­day Mail can re­veal the new rank­ings have shown Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Mr Dut­ton, pic­tured, fall­ing in sta­tus fol­low­ing last month’s spill. He is now out­ranked by At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Chris­tian Porter and Trade Min­is­ter Si­mon Birm­ing­ham. The PM tops the list, fol­lowed by Na­tion­als leader Michael McCor­mack, Deputy Lib­eral leader Josh Fry­den­berg and Se­nate leader Mathias Cor­mann. If all four were to leave Aus­tralia, De­fence Min­is­ter Christo­pher Pyne would get the top job. Na­tion­als’ deputy Brid­get McKen­zie is now the most se­nior woman in Cabi­net af­ter Julie Bishop went to the back­bench.

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