Prime Minister Scott Morrison is preparing to announce a new health minister to replace the outgoing Greg Hunt.
Mr Hunt, who led Australia’s COVID-19 pandemic response, is not re-contesting his Victorian seat of Flinders, opening the way for the government to lock in a new candidate for health minister if it’s re-elected on May 21.
Mr Morrison confirmed on Monday his pick for health minister would be made known at the weekend.
“I’m taking my team forward at the election. They’re a proven team,” he said on Sunday when asked about the security of the rest of his cabinet.
“My strong united team I led for the last three years, sitting around that cabinet table … has seen Australia lead the world with its recovery (from the pandemic).”
Mr Hunt’s departure from politics comes as virus case numbers dropped in every state and territory over the weekend.
More than 44,000 new COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths were recorded across Australia on Sunday.
In a promotional video for his re-election campaign, Mr Morrison claimed his government had saved 40,000 lives since the pandemic began.
LATEST 24-HOUR COVID-19 DATA FROM ACROSS AUSTRALIA:
NSW: 13,468 cases, three deaths, 1568 in hospital, 62 in ICU
Victoria: 9597 cases, one death, 381 in hospital, 20 in ICU