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Monday February 11, 2002
PREMIER ANNOUNCES NEW CABINET LINE-UP
Premier Steve Bracks today announced a major Cabinet reshuffle to further strengthen the Government’s focus on the key areas of health, education, and jobs.
Mr Bracks said the new-look team would build on the achievements of the Government’s first two years in office and included three new portfolios to reflect emerging responsibilities and opportunities.
New portfolios of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and Innovation have been created to drive investment and jobs growth, while a Minister to oversee the organisation of the 2006 Commonwealth Games has also been appointed.
“These changes reflect the skills and experience in the Cabinet after two years, and mark the halfway point of a term which has already made Victoria a better place to live,” Mr Bracks said.
“We have begun turning things around in education, health, and community safety, and we are delivering a fairer share for regional Victoria.
“There are more than 3000 extra teachers and staff in our schools, 2650 more nurses in our hospitals, and more than 700 police on the front line.
“We have already built a proud record of delivering on the issues that matter to Victorians, but there is still much to do to fix the mess the Kennett Government left behind,” he said.
Mr Bracks said primary, secondary, and higher education had been consolidated and would be the responsibility of the new Minister for Education and Training, Lynne Kosky.
Upper House Leader Monica Gould has been appointed Minister for Education Services and Youth Affairs and will be responsible for the massive infrastructure program underway in Victorian schools.
“Education is the number one priority of this Government and we have already delivered record investment in schools, teachers, and equipment,” Mr Bracks said.
“This new super-education portfolio shows we are determined to deliver the best education system in the country for Victorian children,” he said.
Mr Bracks said Mary Delahunty, who led major reforms in the education system, had requested a change in workload due to personal circumstances and would now take up the senior portfolio of planning. She will also take responsibility for Women’s Affairs, and retain Arts.
“John Thwaites carried planning from Opposition to Government and has driven major reforms including Rescode, as well as overseeing the highest building growth ever recorded in Victoria.
“Two years into office, there is now the depth around the Cabinet table to allow John Thwaites to focus entirely on the health portfolio as well as his Deputy Premier responsibilities,” he said.
Mr Bracks said he had added a new Minister to his team to reflect the increased Cabinet responsibilities of the Commonwealth Games, ICT and Innovation.
The new Minister, John Lenders, has been appointed Minister for Finance and Industrial Relations.
“Through his work as Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, and involvement in the preparation of the last two Budgets and the business tax review, John brings significant skills to the Cabinet table,” Mr Bracks said.
Mr Bracks said Transport Minister Peter Batchelor would take on the portfolio of Major Projects, underlining the importance of regional infrastructure in the Government’s capital works agenda.
John Pandazopoulos will retain responsibility for Gaming, Tourism, and Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs, and has been appointed Minister for Employment.
Sport and Recreation Minister Justin Madden has been appointed Minister for the Commonwealth Games, and will be responsible for delivering the world’s best Games in four years’ time.
Bronwyn Pike will take up the portfolio of Community Services, which includes her present responsibility of Community Building, and retain Housing, while Christine Campbell will take on Consumer Affairs and Senior Victorians.
John Brumby will add Innovation to his Treasury and State and Regional Development portfolios, and Marsha Thomson will be Minister for Information, Communication and Technology, while retaining Small Business.
Mr Bracks announced the changes to the Cabinet and caucus today.
VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT MINISTERS – FEBRUARY 2002
|The Honourable Steve Bracks MP
|The Honourable John Thwaites MP
|The Honourable Peter Batchelor MP
Leader Government Business Legislative Assembly
|The Honourable John Brumby MP
State and Regional Development
|The Honourable Bob Cameron MP
|The Honourable Christine Campbell MP
|The Honourable Mary Delahunty MP
|The Honourable Sherryl Garbutt MP
|Environment and Conservation
|The Honourable Andre Haermeyer MP
|Police and Emergency Services
|The Honourable Keith Hamilton MP
|The Honourable Rob Hulls MP
|The Honourable Lynne Kosky MP
|Education and Training
|The Honourable John Lenders MP
|The Honourable John Pandazopoulos MP
Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs
|The Honourable Bronwyn Pike MP
|Community Services (including Community Building)
|The Honourable Candy Broad MP
|Energy and Resources
|The Honourable Monica Gould MP
Leader of the Legislative Council
|The Honourable Justin Madden MP
|Sport and Recreation
|The Honourable Marsha Thomson MP
|Information and Communication Technology
Cabinet Secretary: Mr Gavin Jennings MP
(With co-ordinating responsibility for Community Cabinet
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