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Chris Bourke gets the formal nod as the 5th Minister amidst a reshuffle

By johnboy - 21 November 2011 17

katy gallagher and Chris Bourke

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced the news leaked last Friday that Chris Bourke is joining the ministry.

Dr Bourke will become the Minister for Education and Training and take on the portfolios of Corrections and Industrial Relations.

Significantly, he will also become the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, making him both the first Aboriginal Minister to serve in an ACT Government and the first Aborigine to take carriage of this important portfolio.

“I welcome Dr Bourke to the front bench and look forward to working closely with him,” the Chief Minister said.

“The time had come to appoint a fifth Minister to my Cabinet. Dr Bourke has settled in to his role very well following his election to the Assembly. He has worked hard over the past six months and is ready to take the next step to serve the community and support the Government’s work.

“Dr Bourke’s personal and professional achievements are extensive, making him a great asset to our front bench. He was the first Aborigine to complete a dental degree; he has experience running a private practice; and he has been a member of both Regional Development Australia and the Campaign for Indigenous Health Equality (Close the Gap). He has also been chairman of the Australian Dental Association (ACT Division), President of the Indigenous Dentists’ Association of Australia, and Chairperson of the ACT Indigenous Education Consultative Body,” Ms Gallagher said.

But wait! There’s more, in fact a broader reshuffle.

    — The Chief Minister is keeping Health, but picking up Territory And Municipal services. This returns the “Mayor of Canberra” model that Jon Stanhope used well in his later years.

    — Andrew Barr is keeping Treasury and picking up Economic Development and Tourism, Sport and Recreation.

    — Simon Corbell keeps planning, police, emergency services, and the Attorney-General’s hat.

    — Joy Burch is picking up Gaming and Racing

Photo by @ScottHoward82 on Twitter.

UPDATE: Dr Bourke has now put out a statement on his elevation:

“I am particularly excited by the portfolio responsibilities the Chief Minister has given me including Education and Training, Industrial Relations, Corrections and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs,” Dr Bourke said.

“For me the vision is clear: we must use our existing assets in the knowledge economy to build the Clever Capital where ideas are grown and then marketed to the world.

“Canberra is home to five universities and the CIT as well as research institutions like the CSIRO. Of course education is about more than the tertiary sector. I recently visited the Southern Cross Early Childhood School in Scullin in my electorate. This innovative school has early childhood education and care, preschool and junior primary school – all on one campus. It is the beginning of a seamless approach to education, from cradle to work,” Dr Bourke said.

FURTHER UPDATE: The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Steven Parker has wasted no time congratulating Dr Bourke.

I welcome his appointment and I know he will bring energy and talent to this important portfolio in what are undoubtedly exciting times for education in the capital.

Education is the ACT’s largest export (outside government services) and I am sure the new minister shares our vision of making Canberra an Education City. My colleagues and I look forward to working with him to make this vision a reality.

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17 Responses to
Chris Bourke gets the formal nod as the 5th Minister amidst a reshuffle
taninaus 8:20 pm 21 Nov 11

The Hutch is right (and Nifty is sort of right) – operational areas of transport stayed in TAMS and the policy and regulation moved to ESD and JACS.

Interesting move for Katie to take on TAMS, following in Stanhopes wake there, it might make it easier for her to answer all the regular issues on Chief Minister Talkback and have direct responsibility for trying to make them happen!

merlin bodega 8:20 pm 21 Nov 11

TheObserver said :

Mary Porter must have peed someone off. .

And the pity of this is that she has been a champion for the people who elected her by a country mile over the blow in. What a slap in the face for the voters of Ginninderra. One thing she must be getting sick of showing is the poise she has had to demonstrate first over Joy Burch and now with “the doctor”! FFS he’s a dentist! This is the community’s loss. I wonder at katy’s judgement even more now.

Thumper 7:30 pm 21 Nov 11

housebound said :

TheObserver said :

Mary Porter must have peed someone off. How come she cannot get a gig in a Ministry …?

Good question. Love to hear an answer.

La la la la la la… I can’t hear you….

thehutch 6:43 pm 21 Nov 11

I am unsure where Nifty gets their information, but all of Transport has not moved to Justice & Community Safety. So to quote Nifty “wrong again”.

Following the Hawke review, it is my understanding, that the following changes occurred:

Transport regulation & road safety moved to JACS.

Transport planning is with the Environment & Sustainable Development Directorate.

Everything else regarding transport – roads maintenance & building, ‘transport for Canberra’ remains at TAMS.

I may not be 100% correct with where every little thing sits, but the bigger picture is fairly good I think… I am ‘more correct’ than the overly-sensitive Nifty in any case.

Nifty 4:24 pm 21 Nov 11

Dear JohnBoy

I suggest you ask TAMS why they haven’t updated their website. I have a job I am paid to do (not at TAMS) so answering that does not rate paticularly high as one of my priorities.

Incidentally, Andrew Barr has not picked up but RETAINS both Economic Development (which he picked up in the last reshuffle) and Tourism, Sport and Recreation (which I believe he has held since the Stanhope Government was re-elected in 2008). This can all be checked on the ACT Government’s Legislation Register website. I don’t work for JACS either but I can vouch that the Legislation Register is kept up to date.

By the way, the point I was trying to make to BC was that it would be helpful if people checked their facts before rushing to erroneous conclusions about people’s motivations. I am sorry if this has led to a flaming war; although who said what to whom is now hopelessly confused (it appears that I am responding to myself) because you published my first rather than second response to BC’s rather virulent personal attack on me.

housebound 4:04 pm 21 Nov 11

TheObserver said :

Mary Porter must have peed someone off. How come she cannot get a gig in a Ministry …?

Good question. Love to hear an answer.

BicycleCanberra 4:04 pm 21 Nov 11

johnboy said :

Transport for Canberra definitely appears to be part of Territory And Municipal Services on their website.

What is being missed?

Not sure , and it can’t be explained either apparently!

Thumper 3:53 pm 21 Nov 11

caf said :

Pictures of the Attorney-General’s Hat required – hopefully a tricorn.

I was thinking that it’s kind of a Harry Potter sorting hat that sits in the CMs office.

caf 3:42 pm 21 Nov 11

Pictures of the Attorney-General’s Hat required – hopefully a tricorn.

johnboy 3:24 pm 21 Nov 11

Nifty said :

Take a chill pill Nifty, I think we can see which side your bread is buttered. You will have to explain how transport (http://www.tams.act.gov.au/move) is not part of TAMS as you suggest.

It is clearly a waste of time explaining anything to you, buddy. Perhaps taking a whole packet of your “chill pills” might help you manage your paranoia better?

Anyhow, have a nice day….

Transport for Canberra definitely appears to be part of Territory And Municipal Services on their website.

What is being missed?

Nifty 3:21 pm 21 Nov 11

Take a chill pill Nifty, I think we can see which side your bread is buttered. You will have to explain how transport (http://www.tams.act.gov.au/move) is not part of TAMS as you suggest.

It is clearly a waste of time explaining anything to you, buddy. Perhaps taking a whole packet of your “chill pills” might help you manage your paranoia better?

Anyhow, have a nice day….

TheObserver 3:15 pm 21 Nov 11

Mary Porter must have peed someone off. How come she cannot get a gig in a Ministry, and gets the leftovers of Deputy Speaker. Bourke is a blow in on the batting order – it would have been good to see his mettle first as a politician before giving him some crucial gigs.

BicycleCanberra 2:17 pm 21 Nov 11

Nifty said :

Wrong (again)?. Transport is part of Justice & Community Safety (since when). Simon Corbell keeps the responsibility which he acquired in the last Ministerial reshuffle

An apology ( for what) to the Chief Minister might be too much to ask for but I suggest that future observations be grounded in fact.

Take a chill pill Nifty, I think we can see which side your bread is buttered. You will have to explain how transport (http://www.tams.act.gov.au/move) is not part of TAMS as you suggest.

Nifty 2:00 pm 21 Nov 11

BicycleCanberra said :

I think the most interesting news here other than Bourke getting education is that Chiefly Gallagher will be the new Minister for transport with the TAMS portfolio. So Corbell loses transport again.
Pushing hard as she did for the Majura parkway by allocating $150 million dollars of the territories money, sounds ominous for the future public transport and cycling and walking infrastructure.

Wrong again. Transport is part of Justice & Community Safety. Simon Corbell keeps the responsibility which he acquired in the last Ministerial reshuffle

An apology to the Chief Minister might be too much to ask for but I suggest that future observations be grounded in fact.

BicycleCanberra 12:37 pm 21 Nov 11

I think the most interesting news here other than Bourke getting education is that Chiefly Gallagher will be the new Minister for transport with the TAMS portfolio. So Corbell loses transport again.
Pushing hard as she did for the Majura parkway by allocating $150 million dollars of the territories money, sounds ominous for the future public transport and cycling and walking infrastructure.

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