Australian PM appoints immigration hard-man Morrison as new treasurer | Reuters

CANBERRA, Sept 20 Liberal Australian PrimeMinister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday appointed Scott Morrison astreasurer, handing the conservative lawmaker the top economicjob in his new cabinet in an effort to mend party divisionsfollowing the ouster of Tony Abbott.

Other changes in the much anticipated cabinet reshuffle werethe appointment of Maris Payne as defence minister, one of fivewomen in the new cabinet, and former Education MinisterChristopher Pyne as industry, innovation and science minister.

Turnbull's Liberal Party and its junior coalition partnerthe National Party won a landslide election in 2013 underAbbott, promising stability, economic reform and to stop thearrivals by boat of asylum seekers.

Abbott was ditched on Monday after months of destabilisinginfighting and a series of gaffes and perceived policy missteps. (Editing Immigration Lawyers by Shri Navaratnam)