Saturday, July 13, 2024

‘Refreshed’ SA cabinet unveiled

South Australian Premier, Peter Malinauskas, has today unveiled a “refreshed” ministry he says will best align with key emerging opportunities and challenges in the state’s economy.

These include the housing crisis, population and job market growth accelerated by AUKUS and naval surface shipbuilding opportunities, and the implementation of a nation-leading ban on political donations, the Premier said in an online statement.

“Underscoring the South Australian Government’s commitment to making housing and home ownership a key priority, the Government will establish a new Department of Housing and Urban Development,” he said.

As part of the cabinet reshuffle, Liberal-turned-independent MP, Dan Cregan, has been sworn in as Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services, and as Special Minister of State.

Minister, Nick Champion takes on the expanded Housing and Urban Development portfolio, which also includes oversight of SA Water.

The state’s Deputy Premier, Susan Close has lost the portfolio of Defence and Space Industries – now held by Treasurer, Stephen Mullighan – and SA Water oversight duties, while keeping Climate, Environment and Water. Ms Close will also take on the new government’s Workforce and Population Strategy portfolio.

Police Minister, Joe Szakacs will step away from law and order to take on Trade and Investment, Local Government and Veterans Affairs portfolios.

Tom Koutsantonis will look after Regional Roads, while maintaining his role as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

The new cabinet at a glance:

Peter Malinauskas

Susan Close 
Deputy Premier
Industry, Innovation and Science Minister
Climate, Environment and Water Minister
Workforce and Population Strategy Minister

Kyam Maher
Aboriginal Affairs Minister
Industrial Relations and Public Sector Minister
Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Council
Tom Koutsantonis
Infrastructure and Transport Minister
Energy and Mining Minister
Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly

Stephen Mullighan
Defence and Space Industries Minister

Zoe Bettison
Tourism Minister
Multicultural Affairs Minister

Chris Picton
Health and Wellbeing Minister

Katrine Hildyard
Child Protection Minister
Women and the Prevention of Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence MinisterRecreation, Sport and Racing Minister
Nat Cook
Human Services Minister
Seniors and Ageing Well Minister

Clare Scriven
Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister
Forest Industries Minister
Blair Boyer
Education, Training and Skills Minister

Andrea Michaels 
Small and Family Business MinisterConsumer and Business Affairs Minister
Arts Minister

Joe Szakacs
Trade and Investment Minister
Local Government Minister
Veterans Affairs Minister

Nick Champion
Housing and Urban Development Minister 
Housing Infrastructure Minister
Planning Minister

Dan Cregan
Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services Minister
Special Minister of State

Emily Bourke
Assistant Minister for Autism

Rhiannon Pearce
Assistant Minister for Junior Sport Participation.

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