Australian PM reshuffles cabinet amid poll slump

Cabinet Reshuffle

Questions had arisen over Porter's suitability to carry out his duties as Attorney General after he launched defamation action against the Australian broadcaster ABC in response to a story about a historic rape alleged to have taken place in 1988.

The BBC said changes needed within Australian parliament won't change overnight and unfortunately for the PM, "time hasn't been on the side of the Scott Morrison government".

"What we must do is address the government's agenda with the changes we are making".

The new group will be led by Minister for Women Marise Payne and comprise all female ministers, along with the deputy prime minister, treasurer and finance minister.

The Prime Minister also announced the promotion of several women in the administration, adding that his new team has "the largest female representation" in the history of the Australian government.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said Prime Minister Scott Morrison has not fully grasped equality concerns.

Now, if you're wondering, 'what the hell is a primary minister for women?' - good luck, we have no idea either.

Queensland senator Amanda Stoker will become assistant minister for industrial relations and women.

"Scott Morrison needs to take responsibility, personally, as the prime minister, for ensuring that women's issues are properly considered by his government".

Minister Payne and Scott Morrison
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He wasn't named but came forward to strongly deny the allegation and went on mental health leave afterwards.

Yeah, you read that right.

"But it has to draw out of a well of respect in society which I fear is sadly depleting...and one of the key degraders of respect in our country is social media. We have seen that in the trolling particularly of women". Why hasn't Porter been dropped from cabinet completely?

He has been under pressure to resign after he revealed himself as the Minister at the centre of the rape allegation.

Lastly, Morrison restored Defence Industry Minister, Melissa Price to cabinet in her existing portfolio, making cabinet consist of seven women - Senator Cash, Senator Payne, Senator Ruston, Senator Reynolds, Ms Price, Ms Andrews and Environment Minister, Sussan Ley.

Former government official Brittany Higgins was raped last month by a colleague in the Reynolds office of Parliament in 2019, when she was then defense minister.

Karen Andrews will replace Peter Dutton, who is also taking Mr Porter's role as leader of the house, as home affairs minister.

The former defence minister was forced to apologise after it emerged she called Ms Higgins a "lying cow".



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