New Australian PM Turnbull promotes more women in Cabinet

    New Australian PM Turnbull promotes more women in Cabinet

    Sept.20, Canberra: Australia's new Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull on Sunday announced to increase the number of female Cabinet minister from two to five including Defense Minister Marise Payne.

    Turnbull, the former communications minister, replaced his predecessor Tony Abbott as prime minister in a surprise leadership vote of the ruling Liberal Party lawmakers last week.

    Abbott was widely criticized for including only one woman in his first Cabinet in 2013, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, the Liberal Party deputy leader. She was later joined by Health Minister Sussan Ley.

    Both women retained their positions in Turnbull's Cabinet. They were joined by newcomers Payne, Minister for Women Michaelia Cash and Minister for Small Business Kelly O'Dwyer.

    Turnbull has also reintroduced a science minister, a portfolio scrapped by Abbott. Chris Pyne, the former minister for education and training, will become the minister for industry, innovation and science.
    The new Cabinet will be sworn in on Monday.

    The Oslo Times


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