Australia’s ministry reshuffle a “very powerful message” to women: minister for women

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CANBERRA, March 30 (Xinhua) — Australia’s Minister for Women Marise Payne on Tuesday said the prime minister’s ministry reshuffle sends a “very powerful message” to women.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday announced an overhaul of his cabinet in response to allegations of bullying, misogyny and sexual assault that have engulfed the government.

Payne, also the Minister for Foreign Affairs, said the reshuffle proved the government’s commitment to addressing the crisis.

“There’s no doubt that it’s a big job. These are issues that our workplace has to face up to, as other workplaces have, not just around Australia but around the world,” she told Nine Network television.

In addition to the reshuffle, which included elevating Michaelia Cash and Karen Andrews to the roles of attorney-general and minister for home affairs, Morrison announced that he and Payne would co-chair a cabinet taskforce on women’s equality, safety, economic security, health and wellbeing.

“I think it’s a very, very powerful action and a very, very powerful message,” Payne said. Enditem

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