Turnbull pledges more women in Cabinet

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised more women will join his new Cabinet as he reshuffles his team ahead of the official swearing-in ceremony on Monday.

While Mr Turnbull would not be drawn on who would be promoted and who will lose their jobs, he said the reshuffle could be announced as early as this weekend.

He said there was "no greater enthusiast than me for seeing more women in positions of power", but he refused to say more about the Cabinet talks.

His comments come as former Abbott allies and foes alike vie for the new Prime Minister's favour in Canberra.

Treasurer Joe Hockey said he would like to continue in his current role, but would not be drawn on reports Mr Turnbull was considering him for the Communications portfolio.

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has been a likely frontrunner to replace Mr Hockey in the role.

Peter Dutton, Mr Morrison's successor as Immigration Minister, had reportedly offered Mr Turnbull his resignation, as well as offering to stay in Cabinet in a different role.

Should Mr Morrison be promoted to Treasurer, his assistant minister and Turnbull ally Senator Mitch Fifield may be considered as his replacement.

Among those likely to be promoted were Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash' to Immigration Minister and Senator Arthur Sinodinos to Employment.

Current Employment Minister and Abbott ally Eric Abetz's future was in doubt on Wednesday.

After admitting on ABC TV on Tuesday night he voted for Mr Turnbull, Attorney-General George Brandis was striving to keep his role.

While Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said he wanted to stay in the role in the interests of continuity, some reports have tipped he may be replaced by Education Minister Christopher Pyne.

Mr Pyne, a South Australian and leading party moderate, could be promoted ahead of expected major decisions about submarine contracts affecting the industry in his state.



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