Truss refuses speculation he's stopping cabinet reshuffle

DEPUTY Prime Minister Warren Truss has refused to be drawn into speculation that he is holding up Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's plans for a cabinet reshuffle.

Several reports have inferred Mr Turnbull is waiting to hear if the Member for Wide Bay will contest the next election before announcing a cabinet reshuffle.

The reshuffle has been triggered after Liberal MP Jamie Briggs resigned as Minister for Cities and Built Environment following an incident with a female public servant during a night out in a Hong Kong bar in November.

Controversial MP Mal Brough also stepped aside as Special Minister for State and Minister for Defence Material and Science pending an Australian Federal Police investigation.

But Mr Truss has refused to comment on his possible retirement.

"Mr Truss said he has nothing further to add to what has been said on numerous occasions previously," a spokesman for Mr Truss said.

"The Nationals will naturally expect that any revised ministry will reflect the numerical proportion of the Coalition Parties."

In October Mr Truss told the Chronicle he is yet to make a decision on whether to contest the seat of Wide Bay at the next election.

Mr Truss has nominated for LNP pre-selection for the seat but said, at the time, he was yet to make a decision.

"I have nominated because the processes of the party required that to happen, so they haven't actually endorsed me yet," he said in October.

But, according to bookmakers at Sportsbet, Mr Truss will be the next leader to go.

The odds on the next federal leader to be dethroned were cut from $1.75 to $1.50 yesterday.

More than 60 per cent of the money coming in to Sportsbet is forecasting Mr Truss will be the next leader to step down.



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