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John Key Pushes Up New Faces, Shows Others The Way Out

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John Key
John Key

Wellington, Nov 17 NZPA - Incoming Prime Minister John Key has unveiled his Cabinet line-up pushing many younger faces up the ladder and showing some older veterans their way towards the exit.

The highest flyer is Paula Bennett who after just three years in Parliament finds herself running the social development ministry.

The 39-year-old solo mum who spent years on the domestic purposes benefit is now in charge of handing out welfare as party of the ministry's near $20 billion budget.

The biggest loser is former front bencher Maurice Williamson who has been handed just portfolios outside of Cabinet.

He is joined there by Richard Worth and John Carter.

Other long serving MPs to miss out entirely include Paul Hutchinson and Lindsay Tisch.

Those favoured by Mr Key include Chris Finlayson (Attorney-General and treaty negotiations), Tim Groser (trade) and Kate Wilkinson (labour).

Steven Joyce is probably the biggest bolter though.

He will be sworn in as a minister (transport and associate infrastructure) even before he gets to sit in an MP's chair in Parliament.

Not all National veterans were sidelined, with many picking up widely predicted or signalled roles.

Bill English is Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister and Gerry Brownlee is Leader of the House, Energy Minister and Economic Development Minister.

Former National ministers Tony Ryall (health) and Nick Smith (environment and climate change) are joined by new ministers Mr Brownlee, Simon Power (justice), Judith Collins (police and corrections) and Anne Tolley (education) to make up the front bench.

Murray McCully (foreign affairs) also gets a second time around as minister with National's longest serving MP Lockwood Smith set to be Speaker.

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