David Littleproud says Coalition must ‘take its medicine’ after ex-ministers kicked out of front bench

Two of Scott Morrison’s lieutenants have been demoted in the Coalition’s new front-line lineup, with the Nationals leader warning that the previous government needs to “take its medicine” after the election defeat.

Former employment minister Stuart Robert and former immigration minister Alex Hawke were two of the biggest losers in the shadow ministry announcement of new opposition leader Peter Dutton on Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Robert will not sit in the shadow cabinet, but will be appointed shadow assistant treasurer.

Hawke, a factional ally of the former prime minister in the NSW Liberal Party, has been relegated to the back bench.

Nationals leader David Littleproud rejected suggestions that the decision amounted to “drawing knives” for two of Morrison’s right-hand men, but acknowledged there needed to be some fallout after losing the government.

“We have to take our medicine, it can’t be taken any other way,” Littleproud told Channel Nine.

“They have sent us a very strong message, so we have to think about holding this government to account.

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