On Monday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reshuffled the government, whereby two of his most prominent cabinet members removed their portfolios and lowered their positions in the executive branch, bowing to weeks of growing public pressure over two rape scandals that have disrupted the country’s political life.
Morrison said he stripped Defense Secretary Linda Reynolds and Attorney General Christian Porter, who is the chief justice advisor to the government, of their portfolios, but assigned them two other less important portfolios (Reynolds’ government services and Port Industry, Science and Technology).
Porter was accused of raping, while still a student, in 1988 a classmate who was 16 at the time and died in June, apparently by suicide.
Meanwhile, Reynolds is accused of having mishandled an investigation into the alleged rape case of a young employee in her parliament office, and of calling the presumed victim a “false cow,” according to what was reported by “AFP.”
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