Abbott doubles number of women in Cabinet - now two

DEFENCE minister David Johnston was removed from the Federal Ministry yesterday in a reshuffled cabinet.

Mr Johnston, who said he did not trust the government shipbuilder to "build a canoe", was replaced by experienced minister Kevin Andrews.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott reshuffled the Federal ministry yesterday afternoon which he said would "put jobs and families at the centre of the government's agenda".

Scott Morrison, who oversaw border security, was moved into Mr Andrews's former role as the Social Services Minister.

Mr Abbott said while Mr Morrison was a "tough" political operator he was also a "very decent human being" who knew what it was like to struggle.

Western NSW MP Sussan Ley became the second women in Mr Abbott's cabinet, after Foreign Minster Julie Bishop, being named as Health and Sport minister.

While Mr Abbott said Mr Johnston did a good job as defence minister the shipbuilders union welcomed him being moved off the front bench.

"He failed to manage the portfolio, presided over broken election promises and then publicly insulted Australian workers and Australian industry," Australian Manufacturers Workers Union assistant national secretary Glenn Thompson said.

Labor acting leader Penny Wong said the reshuffle would not distract voters from Mr Abbott's broken election promises.

Greens leader Christine Milne said it was not the Prime Minister's team "but his policies" voters objected to.

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