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Turnbull to promote women

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will unveil his new ministry today and he is expected to promote more women and a new generation of politicians into positions of power.

The changes are unlikely to be enormous but there will inevitably be casualties.

Ministers have been making their case ever since Mr Turnbull took over the leadership from Tony Abbott last Monday.

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Social Services Minister Scott Morrison is likely to replace Joe Hockey as Treasurer, while Education Minister Christopher Pyne has had his eye on the Defence portfolio.

Abbott loyalists such as Employment Minister Eric Abetz and Defence Minister Kevin Andrews are expected to be demoted.

Women including Michaelia Cash, the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, are candidates to make the step up from outer ministry.

There is also an emphasis on promoting a new generation of younger, talented frontbenchers into higher-profile positions, which means junior frontbenchers such as Kelly O’Dwyer, Scott Ryan and Simon Birmingham could get promoted.

The new ministry will be sworn in on Monday but Mr Turnbull remained tight-lipped about the reshuffle when questioned on Saturday.

No more knights and dames: report

Mr Turnbull is also reportedly set to banish knights and dames from Australia’s honours system.

The former leader of the republican movement will take the proposal to Cabinet, which is expected to back him, News Corp reported.

On Friday, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also wrote to Mr Turnbull asking that knights and dames be removed from the Order of Australia.

Mr Abbott controversially reintroduced the titles in early 2014, and in January drew scorn for his “captain’s call” to knight the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip.