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Arthur Sinodinos is new Industry Minister


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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has named Greg Hunt as the new Minister for Health and Minister for Sport. He replaces Sussan Ley. Arthur Sinodinos will replace Greg Hunt as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

There were some other changes made to ministries as are indicated in this extract from a press conference published on the prime minister’s website.

“PRIME MINISTER:

Today I am announcing changes to the Ministry that I will be recommending to His Excellency the Governor-General.

I am pleased to announce that Greg Hunt will become the Minister for Health and the Minister for Sport.

Greg has previously served as Minister for the Environment, and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

He has strong policy, analytical and communication skills developed over a very long front bench career.

During his time as the Environment Minister, he demonstrated an ability to grapple with extremely complex policy issues and engage a very diverse range of stakeholders and interest groups, including State and Territory Governments.

He is ideally suited to take on the very important, critically important front line portfolio of health and sport.

Senator Arthur Sinodinos will take over as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

This portfolio is critical to generating the jobs of the future and Senator Sinodinos’ extensive public policy experience over many, many years gives him a strong understanding of the key drivers of new sources of economic growth and how government can ensure that its policies deliver the innovation, the investment, the technology that will secure the future for our children and grandchildren.

As Cabinet Secretary, Arthur restored traditional cabinet processes. That being done, he can now turn his talents to a front line portfolio. And the Cabinet Secretary function can return to the Prime Minister’s Office as has been the practice of Coalition Governments in the past.

This will reduce the size of the Cabinet by one.

The Special Minister of State, Senator Scott Ryan, will continue to support the work of the Cabinet as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cabinet.

There will be other changes to the outer ministry.

Ken Wyatt, who has been the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care will become the Minister for Aged Care and the Minister for Indigenous Health.

Just as Ken was the first Indigenous person to be elected to the House of Representatives and the first to be appointed to the Executive of the Commonwealth Government, he is now the first Indigenous person appointed to the Commonwealth Ministry.

His extensive knowledge and experience as a senior public servant in Indigenous health, coupled with his work as an Assistant Minister in this portfolio, makes him an ideal Minister for this area.

As senior minister in the health portfolio, Mr Hunt will represent the aged care sector in the Cabinet.

Dr David Gillespie will continue to serve in the portfolio as Assistant Minister for Health.

Michael Sukkar will be appointed as Assistant Minister to the Treasurer.

These changes will further strengthen my Ministry by combining experience and new talent. It is a team that is focused on delivering for all Australians.

The new Ministers will be sworn in by the Governor-General in Canberra on Tuesday.”

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