Australian attorney general, Christian Porter, was sacked as on Monday, while Linda Reynolds lost her job as defence minister as Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his ruling conservative party tried to draw a line under dual rape scandals that have convulsed national politics. Al Jazeera reports that Porter – the government’s top legal officer and a former state prosecutor – is accused of the rape of a fellow student back in 1988 when the woman was 16 years old. While Reynolds was accused of mishandling an investigation into the alleged rape of a young woman who worked in her parliamentary office and referring to the woman as a “lying cow”. Both ministers have been on leave for weeks, with Morrison previously insisting they would return to their jobs.