Federal Cabinet reshuffle 2021: The women who won.
On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison held a virtual ceremony to swear in his redesigned Cabinet of Ministers.
It’s one built with what the prime minister called a “fresh lens” that puts women in focus.
And that’s no surprise. Recent sexual harassment and assault allegations against MPs and staff members have started a national conversation on gender inequality and it appears that this reshuffle is the government’s next attempt to address the issue.
“This is about getting the right input. This is about getting the right perspective. It’s about looking closely at the political challenges we are facing,” he told the media.
There are some significant promotions, though not quite the leveling overhaul that many have requested.
Most appointments go to women who are already in the cabinet and are given either additional duties or promotions. And the only new cabinet commissioner is already in the State Department.
In other words, the representation of women in ministerial positions remains unchanged at 27 percent.
Here are the most important dates.
The standout promotion in the reshuffle is that of Western Australian Senator Michaelia Cash to Attorney General and Minister of Labor Relations.
Cash was first elected to the Senate in 2007 and 2013 and 2016. During her tenure, she held various cabinet roles including Minister for Women and Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Businesses.
The position of the AG was previously held by Christian Porter, who was allegedly asked to step down in his legal battle over the defamation of the ABC because of a story that contained historical allegations of rape against him.
Marise Payne has been appointed as Acting Minister for Women to jointly lead a cabinet task force with the Prime Minister that will oversee the status of women.
Following today’s important announcements from the Prime Minister, I look forward to working with @SenatorCash, @Anne_Ruston, @SenatorHume, @stoker_aj and colleagues with a strong focus on women safety, economic security, women leadership and our international commitment to gender. pic.twitter.com/HJUVk0PaXI
– Marise Payne (@MarisePayne) March 29, 2021