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.