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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has increased the number of female cabinet ministers and has created a new cabinet task force to oversee policies for women in the recent ministerial reshuffle. Peter Dutton will be the new Secretary of Defense, Linda Reynolds will take over the portfolio of government services and Christian Porter will become Secretary of Industry, Science and Technology in the change of department. Michaelia Cash will become Attorney General and Secretary of Labor, while Karen Andrews will replace Mr. Dutton as Secretary of the Interior. Melissa Price will return to cabinet but will keep her defense industry portfolio. Jane Hume will serve as Minister for Women’s Economic Security in addition to her retirement, financial services and digital economy portfolio. Amanda Stoker will become Assistant Secretary of State for Industrial Relations and Women’s Portfolios and will continue to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Attorney General. Anne Ruston becomes Minister for Women’s Safety and continues to be Minister for Families and Social Services. Mr. Dutton will also serve as Head of Government in the House of Representatives, taking on the role of Mr. Porter. Outgoing Minister for Government Services and the National Disability Insurance System, Stuart Robert, will take over the employment, manpower, skills, small and family business portfolio. The prime minister announced the new cabinet Monday afternoon after weeks of speculation that Senator Reynolds and Mr Porter would switch to new portfolios. A series of crises has forced Mr. Morrison to change his senior ministry line-up following a minor reshuffle three months ago. Mr Morrison said the changes would bring the strongest female representation in a federal government cabinet yet. “This is about getting the right perspective. It’s about looking closely at the political challenges we face,” he said. READ MORE: Mr Morrison also announced a new Cabinet Task Force of women cabinet members overseeing the government’s agenda for women’s equality, safety, economic security, health and wellbeing. The Task Force, co-chaired by Minister for Women and Prime Minister Marise Payne, will include the Deputy Prime Minister, Treasurer and Secretary of the Treasury as members. Senator Payne, who is also secretary of state, said the task force will put women at the center of government and the reshuffle has brought back female representation in the cabinet to the highest level. Mr Porter was on mental health leave after denying allegations that he raped a woman in 1988. Senator Reynolds is on health leave after being hospitalized in February for treatment for a pre-existing heart condition, showing her former associate Brittany Higgins proper due diligence. Mr Morrison has resisted requests to resign Mr Porter or to conduct an investigation into a historical rape allegation that has been vigorously denied by the Attorney General. However, last week, Mr Morrison said he sought advice from the Attorney General on Mr Porter’s position after the country’s first judicial officer launched a defamation case against the ABC for broadcasting the rape lawsuit. Mr. Dutton has been Home Secretary since the portfolio was created in 2017 and is playing a pivotal role in the overhaul of the national security apparatus this year. Previously, he was Minister for Immigration and Border Protection from 2014. Senator Cash has held employment portfolios since 2015. The latest cabinet reorganization came after a minor reshuffle in December when Victorian MP Dan Tehan was promoted to the Minister of Health’s commercial portfolio Greg Hunt took on responsibility for elderly care and Alan Tudge took on the education portfolio. Who is going where in the cabinet reshuffle? Our journalists work hard to deliver local, breaking news to the community. Here’s how you can still access our trusted content:

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has increased the number of female cabinet ministers and has created a new cabinet task force to oversee policies for women in the recent ministerial reshuffle.

Peter Dutton will be the new Secretary of Defense, Linda Reynolds will take over the portfolio of government services and Christian Porter will become Secretary of Industry, Science and Technology in the change of department.

Michaelia Cash will become Attorney General and Secretary of Labor, while Karen Andrews will replace Mr. Dutton as Secretary of the Interior.

Melissa Price will return to cabinet but will keep her defense industry portfolio.

Jane Hume will serve as Minister for Women’s Economic Security in addition to her retirement, financial services and digital economy portfolio.

Amanda Stoker will become Assistant Secretary of State for Industrial Relations and Women’s Portfolios and will continue to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Attorney General. Anne Ruston becomes Minister for Women’s Safety and continues to be Minister for Families and Social Services.

Mr. Dutton will also serve as Head of Government in the House of Representatives, taking on the role of Mr. Porter. Outgoing Minister for Government Services and the National Disability Insurance System, Stuart Robert, will take over the employment, manpower, skills, small and family business portfolio.

The prime minister announced the new cabinet Monday afternoon after weeks of speculation that Senator Reynolds and Mr Porter would switch to new portfolios.

A series of crises has forced Mr. Morrison to change his senior ministry line-up following a minor reshuffle three months ago.

Mr Morrison said the changes would bring the strongest female representation in a federal government cabinet yet.

“This is about getting the right perspective. It’s about looking closely at the political challenges we face,” he said.

Mr Morrison also announced a new Cabinet task force of women cabinet members to oversee the government’s agenda for women’s equality, safety, economic security, health and wellbeing.

The Task Force, co-chaired by Minister for Women and Prime Minister Marise Payne, will include the Deputy Prime Minister, Treasurer and Secretary of the Treasury as members.

Senator Payne, who is also secretary of state, said the task force will put women at the center of government and the reshuffle has brought back female representation in the cabinet to the highest level.

Mr Porter was on mental health leave after denying allegations that he raped a woman in 1988.

Senator Reynolds is on health leave after she was hospitalized in February for treatment for a pre-existing heart condition. The question arose as to whether she had given her former employee Brittany Higgins due diligence.

Mr Morrison has resisted requests to resign Mr Porter or to conduct an investigation into a historical rape allegation that has been vigorously denied by the Attorney General.

However, last week, Mr Morrison said he sought advice from the Attorney General on Mr Porter’s position after the country’s first judicial officer launched a defamation case against the ABC for broadcasting the rape lawsuit.

Mr. Dutton has been Home Secretary since the portfolio was created in 2017 and is playing a pivotal role in the overhaul of the national security apparatus this year. Previously, he was Minister for Immigration and Border Protection from 2014.

Senator Cash has held employment portfolios since 2015.

The most recent cabinet reorganization came after a minor reshuffle in December when Victorian MP Dan Tehan was promoted to the trading portfolio, Health Secretary Greg Hunt took over responsibility for elderly care, and Alan Tudge took over the education portfolio.

Who goes where in the cabinet?

  • Peter Dutton from Home Secretary to Secretary of Defense
  • Karen Andrews from Secretary of State for Industry, Science and Technology to Secretary of the Interior
  • Michaelia Cash from Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Businesses to Attorney General and Minister for Industrial Relations
  • Christian Porter from the Attorney General and Minister for Industrial Relations to the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology
  • Linda Reynolds from Secretary of Defense to Secretary of State for Government Services and NDIS
  • Stuart Robert from Secretary of State for Government Services and NDIS to Secretary of State for Employment, Labor, Skills, Small and Family Businesses
  • Melissa Price returns to the closet, keeping the defense industry portfolio

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