Morrison promises "fresh lens" after major cabinet reshuffle


On 12 March, leaders of the four Quad countries - Prime Minister Modi, his Australian counterpart Morrison, US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga - held their first summit under the framework of the Quadrilateral coalition with the growing global concerns over China's increasing assertiveness in the strategic Indo-Pacific region in its immediate backdrop. Under the Cabinet reshuffle announced by Mr. Morrison, Michaelia Cash will become the new Attorney-General and Peter Dutton will take over as Defence Minister.

Christian Porter, who is accused of raping a woman 33 years ago, has been stripped of his role as Attorney-General. "But I think what we are announcing today has gone further than that", Morrison told reporters in Canberra. His accuser has since died and police are not pursuing any charges.

Mr Porter will now take on the portfolio for industry, science and technology.

Reynolds has been criticised for her handling of an allegation of rape by a member of her staff two years ago. Earlier this month it emerged she'd called Ms Higgins a "lying cow" in reference to certain elements of her story detailed in national media.

Morrison has also created a new role, Minister for Women's Safety.

Container ship stranded in Suez Canal re-floated
Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, although shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage. On Saturday, Suez Canal Authority chief Osama Rabie had told reporters that the massive ship could be afloat by Sunday night.

The Australian parliament has been engulfed by allegations of sexual abuse, discrimination against women and misconduct.

In a move created 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.

Last week Ten Network television news reported that several male government staffers had set up a Facebook Messenger group that enabled them to share images and video of sex acts performed in Parliament House, including on the desks of female lawmakers.

Taking to Twitter Scott Morrison said, "Wishing our Hindu Australian community, my good friend Narendra Modi and all the people who are celebrating it, a happy and colourful Holi!".

"We will continue to chart out a way forward together", Morrison said. "This is not an issue that should be the subject of partisan contest, it really shouldn't".