Attorney General Daryl Williams has been appointed the new Communications and Information Technology Minister under a Cabinet reshuffle announced by Prime Minister John Howard today.
The PM made seven Cabinet changes in preparation for the next election with the current IT Minister Richard Alston announcing retirement plans from the Senate.
Long-standing Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock will replace Daryl Williams as the attorney general.
Treasurer Peter Costello kept his post along with Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer, Trade Minister Mark Vaile, Defence Minister Robert Hill and Agriculture Minister Warren Truss.
The casualties were Kay Patterson who lost the Health portfolio and Local Government and Territories Minister Wilson Tuckey.
The Prime Minister said this would be the last reshuffle before the next election which is due by the end of next year.
He said the changes were aimed at keeping the government fresh warning only eight seats stood between the Coalition remaining in office after the next federal election.
"Eight seats is all that stands between us and electoral oblivion," he said.
No further details about the changes to the IT portfolio were available at press time but CW will provide an update shortly after attending a press conference with Senator Richard Alston at Telstra Research Laboratories in Melbourne which is currently underway.