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Sex scandals in Australia: two ministers demoted

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                For weeks, the Conservative government of Scott Morrison has been in the midst of a storm following various sex scandals.  This Monday, March 29, the Prime Minister tried to respond to the indignation of part of Australian society by demoting the two incriminated ministers, who nevertheless remain in the government.

                                    <p>Last month, a former government worker claims she was raped in 2019 by a colleague in Parliament in the office of Linda Reynolds, then Minister of Defense Industry.  Linda Reynolds is then accused of having botched the investigation, even calling the young woman " <em>dirty liar</em> ".  Shortly after, it was Attorney General Christian Porter who was accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in 1988.

Since the two ministers are on sick leave, but sex scandals are increasing in the coalition: a government employee photographed while masturbating on the desk of a deputy, a deputy accused of raping a prostitute.

Bad polls for Morrison

This Monday, Scott Morrison finally announces that Linda Reynolds and Christian Porter are demoted, from Defense to Government Services and Justice to Industry, but both remain in government.

The Prime Minister announces the promotion of several women and the creation of a working group concerning the two incriminated ministers. Not sure that this is enough for the tens of thousands of Australian women who took to the streets in mid-March to call for gender equality and an end to sexual violence.

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According to a poll published on March 28, and despite a record seen as rather solid in the fight against the coronavirus, Scott Morrison’s popularity rating is at its lowest for a year.

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