PM Morrison announces new Federal MInistry
Newly re-elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison has unveiled his reorganised Ministry
"A key focus for all of my Ministers and their Departments will be lifting performance on government service delivery," the Prime Minister said.
"This will include congestion busting on regulatory and bureaucratic roadblocks, making better use of technology and better integrating service delivery across portfolios. The goal is to make it easier to deal with and access the Government services Australians rely on."
The new Ministry will be tasked with delivering the LNP's commitments to:
- Create 1.25 million more jobs over the next five years
- Maintain budget surpluses and pay down debt
- Deliver tax relief for families and small businesses
- Guarantee increased funding for schools, hospitals, medicines and roads
- Keep Australians safe, including online, and keeping our borders secure
"Our economic team will be led by Josh Frydenberg as Treasurer and Mathias Cormann as Minister for Finance; delivering Australia’s first Budget surplus in 12 years and tax relief for hard-working Australians and their families."
They will be supported by Michaelia Cash as Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, working on a pledge to create 1.25 million more jobs over the next five years. Steve Irons is Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships. Christian Porter will take on the role of Minister for Industrial Relations in addition to his duties as Attorney-General, to create fairer workplaces and enforce the rule of law through the Australian Building and Construction Commission.
Karen Andrews, as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology will work closely with industry stakeholders to create more and better paid jobs in traditional and emerging industries, and to continue championing science, technology, engineering and mathematics as key career paths for women.
The Ministry maintains record representation of women in the Cabinet, including Australia’s first female Minister for Agriculture, Bridget McKenzie, while Marise Payne adds the role of Minister for Women to her responsibilities as Minister for Foreign Affairs. Australia will have its first Indigenous Cabinet Minister in Ken Wyatt as Minister for Indigenous Australians.
Sussan Ley will return to Cabinet as Minister for the Environment with a focus on practical and local environmental outcomes as well as waste reduction and recycling, assisted by Trevor Evans. Angus Taylor will continue as Minister for Energy and his portfolio will take on Emissions Reduction to ensure a strong focus on lowering Australians’ power bills and meeting 2030 emissions targets. Warren Entsch will also serve as Special Envoy for the Great Barrier Reef.
David Littleproud as Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disasters and Emergency Management will serve as an important voice for our regional communities at the Cabinet table. Matt Canavan as Minister for Resources and Northern Australia will continue his work to supporting mining and resources industries, and helping develop Northern Australia.
Simon Birmingham as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment will help guide the country through the uncertain times and global economic headwinds. He will be supported by Alex Hawke as Minister for International Development and the Pacific and Assistant Minister for Defence helping drive our Pacific ‘step up’ agenda.
The Deputy Prime Minister will continue in his role delivering the $100 billion National Infrastructure Programme, including the National Water Grid, supported by Alan Tudge, who has been promoted to Cabinet, to continue his work of congestion busting in our cities and implementing the LNP plan for Australia’s future population.
"My Government has a significant agenda to deliver and we are ready to get back to business. I have high expectations of my Ministry and clear goals for each of their roles," PM Morrison said.
"It is important for the future of our country that we meet those goals and deliver for Australia."