Rudd reveals new Cabinet
November 29, 2007 - 2:04PM/the AGE
Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd has announced his new ministry, dropping six frontbenchers, opting for a raft of new faces and rewarding some trusted performers.
Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be responsible for two major portfolios, taking on Industrial Relations and Education.
As deputy, Ms Gillard was able to nominate any portfolio she wanted.
Mr Rudd, who this afternoon announced the full details of his new ministry in a press conference at Parliament House, said he planned to build a "first class education system'' and wanted Australia's to be the best in the world.
He said Ms Gillard was a "first class human being" who would be a great deputy and minister.
Mr Rudd has cut Laurie Ferguson, Kate Lundy, Jan McLucas, Kerry O'Brien, Arch Bevis and Bob McMullan from his front bench.
In their place, he has appointed ALP national president John Faulkner, former NSW minister Bob Debus, Kate Ellis, Justine Elliot, Warren Snowdon and Brendan O'Connor.
Former Labor Party leader Simon Crean has been made Trade Minister
Labor's former education spokesman Stephen Smith, one of the spearheads of the party's 'education revolution', has been promoted to Foreign Minister.
South Australian Senator Penny Wong
is one of the big movers and has been elevated to Minister for Climate Change and Water
after stints as Opposition spokesperson for Workforce Participation and Accountability and Corporate Governance.
She will accompany Mr Rudd to a major conference in Bali next month.
Peter Garrett has been made Minister for Environment and Heritage and the Arts.
"I am proud of the first class credentials of my climate change and environment team,'' he said.
Chris Evans, Labor's leader in the Senate, will take on the portfolio of Immigration and Citizenship.
As well as his finance portfolio, Lindsay Tanner will be responsible for business deregulation and Kim Carr has been given the ministry of innovation, industry science and research.
Tony Bourke has responsibility for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Mr O'Connor will be responsible for Workforce Participation.
Mr Rudd has elevated Tourism to a Cabinet portfolio and placed Martin Ferguson in charge. Mr Ferguson will also be responsible for Resources and Energy.
Mr Faulkner will be cabinet secretary and Special Minister of State.
He will also have responsibility for government integrity issues, including Freedom of Information.
Mr Rudd characterised Mr Faulkner as an "extraordinary individual with extraordinary talents''. "I value his experience, I value his safe hands,'' Mr Rudd said.
Mr Rudd said Robert McClelland, formerly Labor's foreign affairs spokesman, would be Attorney-General.
"Robert is a person of considerable experience in the law, a person who brings great dignity to that office and a person whose sobriety and judgement when it comes to matters pertaining to the Attorney-General's portfolio is, I think, commendation sufficient for him to become Attorney-General,'' he said.
Stephen Conroy, who Mr Rudd accidentally left out of the initial ministry announcement, will be the Minister for Communication, Broadband and Digital Economy.
Mr Rudd said he was proud of the number of women in the new cabinet.
Victorian MP Nicola Roxon retains her portfolios of Health and Ageing.
Fellow Victorian Jenny Macklin will be Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Tanya Plibersek will have responsibilities for Housing outside of the Cabinet, as well as leading the Office for the Status of Women.
With Joe Ludwig, who will be Human Services Minister
, the women will make up the Government's "social policy'' team.
Star recruits Maxine McKew, Bill Shorten, Mike Kelly and Greg Combet have been made parliamentary secretaries.
, who looks to have defeated former prime minister John Howard in his seat of Bennelong, will be Parliamentary Secretary to Mr Rudd.
Mr Combet will be Parliamentary Secretary for Defence with particular responsibilities for procurement.
He will be joined by Mike Kelly
, the new member for the key election seat of Eden-Monaro.
Mr Shorten will be Parliamentary Secretary for Ms Macklin
. His particular responsibilities will be in disability and children.
The Prime Minister-elect announced the portfolios during a closed meeting with Labor MPs - their first time since Saturday's emphatic election win over the Coalition - to announce which members of his caucus will be ministers in a Rudd government.