Gillard reshuffles Cabinet


Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a major reshuffle of her government.

The press statement published on the Prime Minister’s website says that the changes will better equip the Government to focus on its priorities in the coming year. These are described as keeping the economy strong and ensuring Australians have jobs as the economy goes through a period of profound transformation. Also using Australia’s prosperity to spread benefits to all Australians.

The statement goes on to say that the ‘changes to the Ministry will support a stronger focus on industry, innovation, productivity and participation, to ensure Australia is in the best possible position as we go through this transition’.

People and positions affected in the reshuffle are listed below:

Greg Combet; Minister for Industry and Innovation, and will retain his responsibilities for the Climate Change and Energy Efficiency portfolio

Chris Evans; Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Leader of the Government in the Senate

Bill Shorten; Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and will retain his responsibilities as Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation

Kim Carr; Minister for Manufacturing, also Minister for Defence Material

Robert McClelland; Minister for Housing and Homelessness, also a new role as Minister for Emergency Management, which will remain within the Attorney-General’s portfolio

Mark Arbib; Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Small Business, in addition to his existing role as Minister for Sport

Jenny Macklin; remains Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs but will also be sworn as the Minister for Disability Reform

Julie Collins; Minister for Community Services, Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development and Minister for the Status of Women

Tanya Plibersek; Minister for Health

Mark Butler; Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, with additional responsibility as Minister for Social Inclusion

Brendan O’Connor; Minister for Human Services and Minister Assisting for School Education

Nicola Roxon; Attorney-General, with added responsibility for Privacy and Freedom of Information

Jason Clare; Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice

Simon Crean; Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and Minister for the Arts

The Prime Minister also made a number of changes to Parliamentary Secretaries;

David Feeney; remains Parliamentary Secretary for Defence

Mike Kelly; Parliamentary Secretary in the Defence portfolio and will assist the Minister for Defence on the Afghanistan transition

Mark Dreyfus; Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation, remains as Cabinet Secretary and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

Sid Sidebottom; Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce, is expected to swear-in the new ministers on Wednesday 14th December.

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