Scott Morrison – Scott Morrison cabinet reshuffle: New roles for Christian Porter and Linda Reynolds
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will unveil a new frontbench on Monday after two of his ministers have spent weeks engulfed in scandal.
Attorney-General Christian Porter and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds are set to be dumped from their roles in the second cabinet shake-up in just four months.
Both ministers, who are on medical leave, are expected to remain on the frontbench upon their return.
The latest reshuffle was triggered after Mr Morrison received advice from the Solicitor-General that there was a perceived conflict of interest if Mr Porter – who has denied historical rape allegations made against him – stayed in the role of Australia’s first law officer.
Senator Reynolds, who is on leave due to a pre-existing heart condition, was criticised for her handling of former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins’s rape allegations.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash is tipped to be promoted to attorney-general, while Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is first in line for the job as Defence minister.
The Prime Minister’s approval ratings have plummeted in a new opinion poll following intense scrutiny of his leadership on the issue of treatment towards women at Parliament House.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was on Monday morning asked if he had confidence in the Prime Minister.
“Absolutely,” he told ABC.
Mr Frydenberg said Mr Morrison had been the first to recognise that he could have handled the broader issue of the treatment of women better.
“He has publicly said that, and he is working hard behind the scenes to put in place a series of new policies, and new responses that will help improve the situation going forward,” Mr Frydenberg said.
Originally published as Scandal-plagued ministers to be demoted