Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reshuffled his Cabinet on Monday as he sought to repair his standing following a series of damaging allegations about the mistreatment of female lawmakers and staff.
Morrison has struggled to placate public anger amid allegations of sexual abuse, discrimination against women and misconduct in parliament.
In a move designed to regain voter support, Morrison said he would now have a record seven female lawmakers in his Cabinet as he awarded promotions and additional remits to five women.
“I have always wanted to ensure there is a strong voice of women in my government, and there has been. But I think what we are announcing today has gone further than that,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra.
“I have very capable women operating in very important portfolios.”
While promoting several female lawmakers, Morrison also moved two MPs who have been the subject of allegations. Both, however, remain in his Cabinet.
Linda Reynolds would leave the role of defence minister and would be replaced by Peter Dutton, previously home affairs minister.
Reynolds has been criticised for her handling of an allegation of rape by a member of her staff two years ago.