Despite having almost a decade of experience behind her, Member for Durack and former Morrison Government minister Melissa Price has been booted from the Coalition front bench. Federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton announced his new shadow cabinet on Sunday, but Ms Price was a notable omission from the line-up. Ms Price had served as the Minister for Defence Industry since May 2019 and was also made the Minister for Science and Technology in March 2021. She was also a previous Environment Minister. Ms Price survived the election bloodbath to retain her seat, but she was hit with a more than 10 per cent swing to Labor. She congratulated the new members of the shadow frontbench and said it had been an honour to serve her constituents as a Cabinet minister. “I have been very honoured to serve my nation as a cabinet minister in several portfolios. I now look forward to serving my electorate,” she said. “I congratulate the new members of the shadow frontbench and wish them all the very best. I am particularly pleased to see the inclusion of 10 of my talented female colleagues, many of whom will be working at this level for the first time.” SAS captain-turned politician, WA’s Andrew Hastie — one of the loudest critics of China in Canberra — will be the Opposition defence spokesman. Former attorney-general and WA Senator Michealia Cash becomes spokeswoman for employment. WA MPs Nola Marino and Rick Wilson were also made shadow assistant ministers. Mr Hastie is closely linked to Mr Dutton, having served as the Queenslander’s assistant minister in government and as a member of the Liberal Party’s Right faction. In 2019, Mr Hastie was criticised by Labor and even some Coalition colleagues when he wrote an opinion piece for an east coast newspaper in which he likened China’s rise to Nazi Germany. In a statement on Sunday, Mr Hastie said “authoritarian powers are flexing their muscles” and the incident involving a Chinese fighter jet and an Australian surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea late last month was “a reminder that personal diplomacy is not enough — we must be strong”. Mr Dutton was elected leader of the Liberal Party unopposed following its crushing election defeat. His deputy, Sussan Ley, will be spokeswoman for industry, skills and training, and also women, while Angus Taylor becomes shadow treasurer. Nationals leader David Littleproud said there would be six people from his party on the Coalition frontbench. Barnaby Joyce, who Mr Littleproud defeated in a leadership ballot, will become veteran affairs spokesman. Another former Nationals leader, Michael McCormack, was given international development for the Pacific. Mr Dutton said a “review is under way” following the defeat, while the WA Liberal Party — which lost five seats at the election — was considering launching its own autopsy.