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Australia Scott Morrison's Cabinet got a shake-up this week. Here's who got a promotion

23:05  03 april  2021
23:05  03 april  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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This week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a shake-up to his ministry that saw a number of ministers promoted to senior positions, while the creation of a new 'taskforce' to focus on women's issues saw some take on new roles and responsibilities.

Here's a look at the changes in Cabinet and who's been given new roles in the taskforce, and some of the credentials behind them.

Moving up: Michaelia Cash

Michaelia Cash has moved from her employment portfolio to become Australia's Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister.

Senator Cash has been a Cabinet minister since 2015, working as minister for jobs and innovation, the minister for small and family business, skills and vocational education, to her most recent role as minister for employment, skills, small and family business — a role she had held since the 2019 election.

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In 2017, her staff tipped off the media that police were raiding the Melbourne offices of the Australian Workers' Union. The raid later became the subject of a civil court case.

Senator Cash, who was a witness in the case, was cleared of any wrongdoing, but faced questions over whether she fully cooperated with federal police after the AFP said she had not been forthcoming in providing a formal witness statement.

Moving up: Peter Dutton

Petter Dutton has moved from home affairs portfolio to Minister of Defence, a role he has long coveted.

In appointing him to the role, the Prime Minister cited Mr Dutton's nine-year policing career. That career came to an end after a high-speed chase left him with a concussion and injuries to his cervical and thoracic spine, shoulder and knee. He resigned from the Queensland Police Service not long after that.

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He became a Cabinet minister in 2013, serving as minister for health and sport, and in 2014 he became minister for immigration.

In 2017 he was put in charge of home affairs, a newly created portfolio amalgamating the country's biggest security and intelligence agencies together into one super portfolio.

One of his proudest achievements in the home affairs role was establishing the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation, which was set up to counter the exploitation of children.

In 2019, the Department of Home Affairs was forced to defend its handling of multi-million-dollar contracts for security and other services on Manus Island, after it was revealed contracts worth a total of $422 million were awarded to Paladin Holdings PTE Ltd, registered to a PO box in Singapore.

And in 2018, a series of emails revealed Peter Dutton's office had scrambled to have two au pairs who were due to be deported released from Immigration detention.

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The situation was compared with the case of a Tamil family who were removed from their home in the Queensland town of Biloela by Border Force officials in March 2018. The family, including their two young daughters, have been held in detention on Christmas Island since August 2019.

Moving up: Karen Andrews

Karen Andrews has been promoted from minister for industry, science and technology — a role she has held since 2018 — to the Minister for Home Affairs, a role held by Peter Dutton since 2017.

Before being in Cabinet, Ms Andrews held various ministerial appointments in the areas of science and education.

As a former engineer, she has been a long-term advocate of getting more women into STEM — science, technology, engineering and maths — industries.

Ms Andrews is one of the most senior government ministers to call for quotas in the Liberal Party, saying she has had a "gutful" of disrespect towards, and poor treatment of, women.

Moving up: Melissa Price

Melissa Price will continue on as Defence Industry Minister, but she will return to the Cabinet after being demoted after the 2019 federal election.

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Ms Price was appointed as minister of the environment in 2018, but that role was later given to Sussan Ley.

While minister for environment, Ms Price was accused of insulting regional neighbours by telling the former president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, of "always" seeking "cash" from Australia.

Multiple sources told the ABC at the time that Ms Price told Mr Tong while dining with a group in Canberra: "I know why you're here. It is for the cash.

"For the Pacific, it is always about the cash. I have my chequebook here. How much do you want?"

Moving down: Christian Porter

Christian Porter was formerly Australia's attorney-general and minister of industrial relations, but is now the Minister for Industry and Science and Technology — Karen Andrews' old role.

Mr Porter has been a Cabinet minister since 2015 when he took on the role of minister for social services.

Before federal politics Mr Porter worked as a lawyer and prosecutor, and later entered state politics in Western Australia, going on to become WA's treasurer and attorney-general.

Mr Porter's roles and responsibilities as federal attorney-general more recently had been delegated to other ministers while he pursued a defamation case against the ABC.

Moving down: Linda Reynolds

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Ms Reynolds became a Cabinet minister in March 2019, when she was appointed as minister for defence industry and emergency management and North Queensland recovery.

Her move from the Defence portfolio comes after paying compensation to former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins, who Ms Reynolds called a "lying cow" after Ms Higgins alleged she had been raped by a former colleague.

Ms Reynolds later apologised to Ms Higgins, saying she "never questioned Ms Higgins' account of her alleged sexual assault".

New role: Anne Ruston

Social Services Minister Anne Ruston will add Minister for Women's Safety to her responsibilities.

She will be part of the new taskforce aimed at putting women's issues at the forefront of the government's policies.

She has been a Cabinet minister heading the social services portfolio since the 2019 federal election.

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Before politics, she owned and operated the family-run business of Ruston's Roses in South Australia — the largest private rose garden in Australia.

The Senator is anti-quotas, but wants more women in the Liberal Party and in Parliament.

She wants to achieve that through mentorship and other mechanisms across both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

New role: Jane Hume

Jane Hume, who is not a Cabinet minister, has added the new role of Minister for Women's Economic Security to her responsibilities as Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy.

She is one of the women in the government being given new responsibilities in the newly created Cabinet taskforce focussed on putting women's issues at the forefront of the government's policies.

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Since she was elected in 2016 Senator Hume has been an advocate for increasing the number of women in the Liberal Party and in government.

After spending 20 years in the financial services sector, she has long-argued equal gender representation is a smart business move as well.

But she is not an outspoken supporter of quotas, saying all options should be looked at.

New role: Amanda Stoker

Amanda Stoker, who is not a government minister, will add the roles of Assistant Minister for Women and Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations to her existing responsibilities as Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General.

Before entering Parliament in 2018, Senator Stoker was the vice-president of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland.

She is , and was the only person to speak against a push to remove the GST from tampons, known as the "tampon tax".

Her appointment was recently criticised by Australia of the Year Grace Tame, but the Senator said Ms Tame's accusations did were "passionate but not informed" and did not correspond to her history of work on women's safety.

New role: Marise Payne

Foreign affairs minister Marise Payne will take on a new role, dubbed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison as "the Prime Minister for Women".

As the most senior woman in Cabinet, Ms Payne will co-anchor the newly created Cabinet taskforce which will aim to put women's issues at the forefront of the government's policies.

She will be responsible for overseeing a suite of issues the taskforce will consider, including women's equality, safety, economic security, health and wellbeing.

Senator Payne has been in politics for 24 years and was the youngest woman in the Coalition when she was elected in 1997.

While she has faced criticism for being publicly quiet, behind the scenes is a champion of increasing female representation within the Liberal party.

She has also been described as an avowed feminist.

According to a report in The Age newspaper from 2006, she argued against removing termination services from being covered by Medicare.

She has been the Minister for Women since 2019.

New role: Stuart Robert

Stuart Robert is now the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.

He became a cabinet minister following the last federal election when he became the minister for government services and National Disability and Insurance Scheme.

Mr Robert headed the NDIS during the robodebt saga that saw the federal government refund $721 million worth of debts it had clawed back from hundreds of thousands of people issued with computer-generated debt notices.

In 2018, while working as assistant treasurer, Mr Robert was forced to pay back nearly $38,000 to cover his unusually high internet bills at his Gold Coast home.

Who are the other members of Cabinet?

  • Prime Minister: Scott Morrison
  • Minister for Indigenous Australians: Ken Wyatt
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Regional Development: Michael McCormack
  • Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management: David Littleproud
  • Treasurer: Josh Frydenberg
  • Minister for Finance and leader of the government in the Senate: Simon Birmingham
  • Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment: Daniel Tehan
  • Minister for Health and Aged Care: Greg Hunt
  • Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts: Paul Fletcher
  • Minister for Education and Youth: Alan Tudge
  • Minister for resources, water and Northern Australia: Keith Pitt
  • Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction: Angus Taylor
  • Minister for the Environment: Sussan Ley
  • Minister for Veterans Affairs: Darren Chester

The Championship is BACK... the run-in is set to be as bonkers as ever .
MATT BARLOW: Norwich and Watford, with their deep squads and the luxury of parachute payments at a time when the gates are closed and money is tight, appear strong at the top.Norwich and Watford, with their deep squads and the luxury of parachute payments at a time when the gates are closed and money is tight, appear strong and healthy at the top.

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