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Australia PM Morrison demotes 2 Cabinet ministers amid rape scandals

Cabinet Reshuffle Australian Government reshuffle as Scott Morrison moves Porter and Reynolds
Noah Ferguson | 30 March, 2021, 22:56

The prime minister has tried to stem the damage among female voters by reshuffling his cabinet line-up. Please, we don't want to be separate, or distinct, or different.

The former policeman has overseen a harsh policy against refugees, riled close ally New Zealand by deporting criminal Kiwis and publicly clashed with the Chinese government.

An exasperated Credlin appeared on her program, Credlin, on Monday night, baffled over how Morrison kept making "fundamental mistakes" on women.

The 52-year-old prime minister has at least a year left in his current term, but has seen the crisis erode some popularity garnered from Australia's solid handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

"These changes will shake up what needs shaking up", he said.

"I would urge that the path we have to go down is one that we have to go down together", Morrison said last week.

"This is where - as a conservative - I get the angriest".

'I have always wanted to ensure there is a strong voice of women in my government, and there has been.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese dismissed suggestions the reshuffle could act as a circuit-breaker for the government.

A furious Peta Credlin has accused Scott Morrison of making "fundamental mistakes on women" and urged him to focus on tackling issues "facing ordinary households". McAllister told the ABC.

Minister Payne and Scott Morrison
Image @D_JervisBardy via Twitter

While revealing the taskforce would be headed by Minister for Women Marise Payne, Mr Morrison said she would be "the prime minister for women".

"It is not enough to push responsibility of that onto other members of his ministry".

The cabinet reshuffle comes as the latest Newspoll numbers confirm Mr Morrison's approval ratings have taken a hit as he struggles to deal with sexual assault and harassment allegations in parliament. Morrison said he hadn't read the letter.

Porter's permanence has been heavily criticized following complaints that he was raped for more than 30 years by a woman who died as a teenager, which he denies, and was filed by police this month for lack of evidence.

Michael has been appointed Attorney General, Head of Industrial Relations, and Karen Andrew Head of Home Affairs, the highest contributor of women in the Morrison government.

Senator Amanda Stoker will become the assistant minister for women, and the panel will also include Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Finance Minister, Simon Birmingham, and all women from the ministry.

Christian Porter has been made industry minister while Peter Dutton will replace Linda Reynolds in the defence portfolio. Well, over concern that dropping Porter would send a message that a minister could lose their job over a rape allegation.

Brittany Higgins, speaking on rape allegations, said, "I was raped inside Parliament house by a colleague and for so long it felt like the people around me only cared because of where it happened or what it might mean for them".

Meanwhile, Senator Reynolds has been on leave since February after being admitted to hospital to receive treatment for a pre-existing heart condition.

"Brittany Higgins wasn't assaulted on "social media".

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