Since taking over as Prime Minister in September, Malcolm Turnbull has had a bit of a rough trot, cabinet-wise.
Having lost five ministers already, the PM has opted for another reshuffle, one that he says puts a “dynamic team” on the front bench before the upcoming federal election.
Three new faces have been promoted, including an additional woman — bringing the total number of female ministers to six.
Look, it’s a vast improvement on Abbott’s one-to-two, but it’s not parity.
We’re still seeing a lot of white men in suits, to be honest.
Turnbull said his new line up combined “youth, new talent, experience, continuity and a real sense of enterprise”.
Watch the announcement here (via ABC News):
New leader of the Nationals Barnaby Joyce has been sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister, while his deputy, Fiona Nash, has been given the Regional Development, Regional Communications and Rural Health portfolio.
She joins Liberals Julie Bishop, Sussan Ley, Marise Payne, Kelly O’Dwyer and Michaelia Cash.
The total number of women in the executive is now 10, with the elevation of Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells to International Development and the Pacific Minister and Jane Prentice to Assistant Minister for Disability Services.
Baby steps, I guess.