December 21, 2014 / 4:43 AM / 3 years ago

Australian defence minister Johnston out in cabinet reshuffle

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Defence Minister David Johnston was thrown out of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's cabinet on Sunday, a month after he embarrassed the government with comments critical of government-owned ship builder ASC.

Abbott also promoted Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to the post of social securities minister in a reshuffle.

"This is a ministry for jobs and families and it is a sign that this government wants the economy to be front and centre in the coming year," Abbott said, referring to the social securities portfolio.

Reporting By Jane Wardell; Editing by Robert Birsel; CATEGORY-WORLD

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