Reshuffle gives Abbott no break

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott's frontbench reshuffle has not given the government the break it was expecting as the year draws to a close.

While many interest groups welcomed the reshuffle, the promotion of Kevin Andrews to Defence Minister drew the ire of the Australian Defence Association.

ADA's executive director Neil James told ABC, Sky News and other media yesterday Mr Andrews had once privately said he had "no interest" in defence issues, a claim Mr Andrews cannot recall.

Another frontbencher elevated on Sunday was Scott Morrison, taking on Mr Andrews's welfare portfolio and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

While Australian Council of Social Services acting chief executive Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine welcomed his appointment, she said it was critical the government addressed the community's budget concerns and ensured the next budget was "fair and sustainable".

Mr Abbott also told Channel Nine he believed his biggest achievement for women was repealing the carbon tax, because "women are particularly focused on the household budget".



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