Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, battling a slide in public support, reshuffled his cabinet on Sunday, promoting the overseer of a tough immigration program and throwing out his gaffe-prone defense minister.
Abbott said the shake-up was for jobs and families and stressed a focus on financial issues as he deals with the fallout of an unpopular belt-tightening budget.
"It is a sign that this government wants the economy to be front and center in the coming year," he told reporters in Canberra.
Abbott is nearing the end of his first full year in office hobbled by missteps and a souring economy that have dragged his approval ratings to historic lows.
Faced with a collapse in commodity prices and an unruly upper house Senate, that has held Abbott's first budget hostage since May, voters have abandoned his conservative government more quickly than any other in three decades.