Australian Government reshuffle as Scott Morrison moves Porter and Reynolds

Australian Government reshuffle as Scott Morrison moves Porter and Reynolds”

Mr Morrison said he was shocked and disgusted by those allegations.

But instead of fixing the problem, he's "made a bad situation worse", according to Sky News host and former chief of staff to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin.

A third woman later said he took a photo of her from behind while she was bending down.

Christian Porter and Linda Reynolds have been replaced in a cabinet reshuffle as Prime Minister Scott Morrison attempts to limit the political damage caused by a series of scandals.

"But it's not just about the size of the female contingent in my cabinet; it's the skills and the experience, it's the perspective, and it's the collaboration they bring to our nation's most hard tasks", Morrison said.

"Getting these results for Australian women will be achieved through collaboration", he said.

"They won't be achieved by dividing Australians".

Morrison removed embattled ministers Christian Porter and Linda Reynolds from their high-profile roles.

He was later questioned by a journalist: "Aren't you the women's prime minister?"

He stopped to clarify the comments.

"No, he is the Prime Minister for all Australians", Ms Payne said.

Minister Payne and Scott Morrison
Image @D_JervisBardy via Twitter

Anne Rushton is the minister for the newly created portfolio of Women's Safety.

"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".

It marks the first time in more than a year that Morrison's approval rating has fallen below 60 percent. McAllister told the ABC.

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

The rape allegations have not been the only sexual misconduct scandals to hit parliament as the perception grows that it fosters a culture that is toxic for women.

The significant reshuffle saw a number of senior moves, including the two major scalps.

Christian Porter and Linda Reynolds, who are both now on medical leave, are departing from their senior ministerial positions and are switching to other Cabinet roles in an effort to stabilise the government.

Meanwhile, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has taken over the Defence portfolio from Senator Reynolds and also Mr Porter's role as Leader of the Government in the House.

Mr Porter, who was the attorney-general, had earlier taken mental health leave after revealing he was the person accused of raping a 16-year-old girl when he was a teenager 33 years ago. Well, over concern that dropping Porter would send a message that a minister could lose their job over a rape allegation. Police said on March 2 there was insufficient evidence to investigate the alleged rape as the accuser was no longer alive.

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

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