Australia PM shifts rape-accused minister in cabinet reshuffle

Australian PM Scott Morrison greets 'good friend' Modi on Holi

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.

Meanwhile, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has taken over the Defence portfolio from Senator Reynolds and also Mr Porter's role as Leader of the Government in the House.

He'll be replaced by Michaelia Cash, who has been filling in while Porter is on sick leave.

This is a developing story. Police said on March 2 there was insufficient evidence to investigate the alleged rape as the accuser was no longer alive.

Attorney-general Christian Porter and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds have both been stripped of their current portfolios but will remain in cabinet.

The prime minister also announced a new cabinet task force to focus on women's equality, safety, economic security and health.

Australian PM Scott Morrison has removed a minister accused of rape from his role as the nation's chief law officer, after weeks of pressure.

Morrison will co-chair the taskforce along with Marise Payne, the minister for women.

Porter will be reassigned to industry minister, while Reynolds will become the government services minister.

The rape allegations have not been the only sexual misconduct scandals to hit Parliament as the perception grows that it fosters a culture that is toxic for women. "She is a woman of great talent, great experience and great practicality", Mr Morrison said.

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!".

In another case, a senior government adviser was also fired after footage emerged of him performing a sex act on a female lawmaker's desk. "These events have triggered, right across this building and indeed right across the country, women who have put up with this rubbish and this crap for their entire lives, as their mothers did, as their grandmothers did".

"I would urge that the path we have to go down is one that we have to go down together", Morrison said last week. "That will slow us down, that will not get the outcomes".

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