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MoG distruption kept to a minimum by Bob Carr’s surprise appointment

By johnboy - 2 March 2012 7

Crikey have a good run down on who’s got what in the latest ministerial reshuffle.

Bob Carr popping up as Foreign Minister after this week’s drama has kept the reshuffle mimimal.

Canberra’s Kate Lundy gets to go to London as Minister for Sport.

Sad to see Robert McClelland knifed and sitting on the back bench with his mate Kevin though.

UPDATE 02/03/12 14:31: The Prime Minister’s announcement has finally made it online:

Cabinet changes

Bob Carr will join the Senate, and will take on the role of Minister for Foreign Affairs. Until he takes his place in the Senate, Craig Emerson will continue to act as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Craig Emerson will also take on an expanded role of Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, paying particular attention to increasing Australia’s international economic competitiveness, with a focus on the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper.

Brendan O’Connor moves into Cabinet to take the position of Minister for Small Business, as well as Minister for Housing and Homelessness. Small businesses are central to Australia’s economy and deserve Cabinet-level representation.

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon will take on the additional portfolio of Emergency Management, which as I have made clear I believe must be a Cabinet-level appointment.

Tony Burke will take on the additional role of Vice-President of the Executive Council.

Ministry changes

Kate Lundy is promoted to Minister for Sport and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, as well as Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation.

David Bradbury is promoted to the Ministry as Assistant Treasurer, and in the newly-created position of Minister Assisting for Deregulation.

Jason Clare will take on the additional portfolio of Minister for Defence Materiel.

Kim Carr will move to the crucial services delivery portfolio of Human Services. Minister Greg Combet will continue to be responsible for manufacturing at a Cabinet level.

I wish to thank Robert McClelland for his many years of service in the Ministry.

I am also announcing a number of changes to Parliamentary Secretary responsibilities.

Parliamentary Secretary changes

Jan McLucas will become Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister in addition to her existing duties, and Richard Marles will assume wider responsibilities with the additional title of Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

Bernie Ripoll becomes Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, while Sharon Bird becomes Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills.

Jacinta Collins will become Manager of Government Business in the Senate following Mark Arbib’s retirement.

I want to thank all Ministers who have served the Government so well in their current portfolios.

I will recommend to Her Excellency the Governor-General that the new Ministry be sworn in on Monday 5 March 2012.

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7 Responses to
MoG distruption kept to a minimum by Bob Carr’s surprise appointment
welkin31 6:27 pm 03 Mar 12

Bob Carr has to be a potential Labor leader if the current PM was to get past her use by date.

Martlark 5:01 pm 03 Mar 12

Bob Carr will continue the fine labour tradition of egg head talkers who can’t bring themselves to make any decisions that may upset anyone. He is also continuing the fine tradition of promoting unionists and lawyers who are good at numbers but otherwise talentless.

SnapperJack 4:16 pm 03 Mar 12

Would you buy a used Carr from this woman?

shauno 2:10 pm 03 Mar 12

Gungahlin Al said :

This tweet yesterday from Crikey’s @BernardKeane cracked me up:
“The only problem for Labor is that Bob Carr is now setting a standard for talking like an intelligent adult that no one in Labor can meet…”

Jokes aside, you have to admit it’s (finally) a pretty clever move by Gillard, and bodes well for the ALP salvaging something (other than a bunch of fairly good policy changes) from this term of government…

Id be interested to hear about the policy changes. What like the worlds biggest CO2 tax and calling it a Carbon tax and CO2 a pollutant where as its essential for all life on Earth and a huge mining tax and a lieing about the private health rebate scheme. And the idiotic industrial relations schemes. Have you seen the effect the unions have on the Oil and Gas ops on the North West Shelf?

shauno 12:55 pm 03 Mar 12

Temporary appointments it would seem. Until the next leadership debarcle or the election which cant come soon enough.

Gungahlin Al 12:19 pm 03 Mar 12

This tweet yesterday from Crikey’s @BernardKeane cracked me up:
“The only problem for Labor is that Bob Carr is now setting a standard for talking like an intelligent adult that no one in Labor can meet…”

Jokes aside, you have to admit it’s (finally) a pretty clever move by Gillard, and bodes well for the ALP salvaging something (other than a bunch of fairly good policy changes) from this term of government…

The Traineediplomat 12:18 am 03 Mar 12

I’d like to be the first to welcome our new reptilian Carr Overlord…

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