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Ten women take roles in Dutton’s shadow cabinet

Opposition leader Peter Dutton has unveiled his new "fresh" and "balanced" shadow ministry, a week after he became new leader of the Liberal Party.

Dutton said there are 10 women in his cabinet of 24 members, with the Nationals securing six positions.

Dutton said he was pleased to welcome some new faces.

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"We have a very experienced team," he said.

"We have tried to get a balance here, it's a balance of experience and I am proud of the team we have put together."

Although Dutton didn't list the full shadow cabinet in full, he did announce some key positions.

Former foreign minister Marise Payne will take on the role of Shadow Cabinet Secretary.

As well as being deputy leader, Sussan Ley will take on the shadow industry, skills and training portfolio, and will also be Shadow Minister for Women.

The Shadow Minister of Defense will be Andrew Hastie.

Karen Andrews will be Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, as well as Shadow Minister for Child Protection and Prevention of Family Violence.

Karen Andrews has been named as a possible contender for the Liberal Party leadership.

Michaelia Cash will be Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.

Anne Ruston will have the health and aged care role formerly held by Greg Hunt.

Angus Taylor will become the Shadow Treasurer.

Former Nationals leader and deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce will become the Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs.

Shadow Minister for Education will be Alan Tudge and Jane Hume will become the Shadow Finance Minister.

Sarah Henderson was announced as the Shadow Communications Minister.

Julian Leeser will become Shadow Attorney General and will take car of indigenous affairs.

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