Tamil Diplomat

Australia PM Turnbull defends his new cabinet

Several supporters of former PM Tony Abbott were dropped and some new MPs with no cabinet experience added.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and some local media said Mr Turnbull had only rewarded his supporters.

The new team has five women, including Marise Payne as the country’s first female defence minister.

Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony on Monday, the new prime minister said he had chosen his cabinet entirely on merit.