Four Gold Coast MPs have been included among Scott Morrison’s new-look Ministry, giving the city it’s strongest presence in Canberra.
Australia’s 30th Prime Minister unveiled his new team overnight, which included MchPherson’s Karen Andrews, Fadden’s Stuart Robert, Wright’s Scott Buchholz and Moncrieff’s Steven Ciobo.
“Today I am announcing a new generation Liberal National Coalition team to lead my Government forward and implement our plan to keep our economy strong, keep Australians safe and keep Australians together,” the Prime Minister said.
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Mr Morrison revealed that “more women have been appointed to Cabinet and the portfolios of Small Business” and “Industrial Relations have been returned to Cabinet level.”
Karen Andrews will take on the role as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, making her the first female federal Cabinet Minister from the Gold Coast.
“I am honoured to be appointed to Cabinet as the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in the Morrison Government,” Ms Andrews said.
“I look forward to drawing on my background as a mechanical engineer to carry out my new ministerial role.
“I have previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science and Assistant Minister for Science, and I look forward to progressing the Government’s work in this area.”
Stuart Robert has been appointed as Assistant Treasurer, while Regional MP Scott Buchholz will take on the position of Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport.
MP Steven Ciobo has also been appointed as the new Minister for Defence Industry, building the capability of our defence forces and rolling out the defence industry plan.
It is an honour to be asked to join PM @ScottMorrisonMP Cabinet as Defence Industry Minister. I thank @dfat @Austrade @TourismAus @Efic_au for their hard work and look forward to growing 🇦🇺 economy and creating more Aussie jobs in this new role. pic.twitter.com/amGslEW548
— Steven Ciobo (@StevenCiobo) August 26, 2018
“This is a team on the side of Australians; a team focused on listening to Australians and engaging on the issues that are important to them, and acting on my Government’s priorities,” the new Prime Minister said.
“It will ensure we have the stability necessary and begin the work of healing that is needed after recent events.
“It will enable us to tackle the big challenges that are before us with some new ideas and a renewed emphasis.”