Statement issued by Scott Morrison on his appointment on 21 December 2014 as Minister for Social Services:
Serving in the Cabinet is a great privilege. We do so at the request of the Prime Minister in whatever role he asks us to, in serviceof the Australian people. Our responsibility as Ministers is to get the job done.
The Australian people can expect me to apply the same energy, commitment and leadership in this new role as I have in Immigration and Border Protection. Stopping the boats has saved lives and restored public confidence in our borders and our immigration programme. People waiting in desperate situations offshore are no longer having their places taken by those illegally entering Australia on boats and we have successfully passed legislation that will see Labor's legacy caseload of 30,000 people processed and all children out of detention in Australia.