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New Ministerial Responsibilities for WA Cabinet

May 26th, 2006

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WA Premier, Alan Carpenter, today announced detail of new Ministerial responsibilities within his Cabinet.

This follows Tony McRae, MLA Member for Riverton being sworn in this morning as Minister for Disability Services; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests and Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure.

Tony McRae was elected by the Labor Caucus last Monday to replace the former Police and Justice Minister John D’Orazio.

Mr McRae was elected as the Member for Riverton in 2001, defeating Graham Kierath, a former Court government minister on industrial relations.  In 2005, he was elected Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture and Forestry; the Mid West and Wheatbelt.  In 2006, he took on the additional responsibilities of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Resources and Assisting the Minister for State Development; Employment Protection.

Additional Parliamentary activities undertaken by Mr McRae include:

Acting Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 2001 to 2000; Chair of a major review of the training system in Western Australia; Member of the Public Accounts Committee since 2005; Chair of the Local Impacts Committee which oversaw a range of reforms to the metropolitan freight network.

Mr McRae worked as an electrician in the Pilbara.  In 1985 he was appointed as industrial relations and training adviser to Minister and Premier Peter Dowding until 1991.  From 1996 to 2000, Mr McRae was Director, Research and Information for the National Native Title Tribunal.

Prior to entering politics, Mr McRae worked as an economic development consultant.

Key changes to the Cabinet include:

John Kobelke will assume responsibility for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety.  He retains the portfolios of Water Resources; and Sport and Recreation.

Margaret Quirk will have responsibility for the renamed Corrective Services portfolio (formerly Justice) and retains the portfolios of Women’s Interests; and Assisting the Minister for Federal Affairs.

The former portfolio of Justice has been renamed as Corrective Services to reflect the core functions of the department.

David Templeman will retain responsibility for Community Development; Seniors and Volunteering; and Youth.  He was previously responsible for Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure.

Western Australian Cabinet

Minister

Portfolio Responsibilities

Alan Carpenter

Premier;
Public Sector Management;
State Development;
Federal Affairs

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier;
Treasurer;
Government Enterprises;
Minister Assisting the Minister for Public Sector Management

Kim Chance

Agriculture and Food;
Forestry;
the Midwest and Wheatbelt

Ljiljanna Ravlich

Education and Training

John Kobelke

Policy and Emergency Services;
Community Safety;
Water Resources;
Sport and Recreation

Jim McGinty

Attorney General;
Health;
Electoral Affairs

Michelle Roberts

Housing and Works;
Consumer Protection;
Heritage;
Land Information

Alannah MacTiernan

Planning and Infrastructure

Sheila McHale

Indigenous Affairs;
Tourism;
Culture and the Arts

Mark McGowan

Environment;
Racing and Gaming

Francis Logan

Energy;
Science and Innovation

John Bowler

Resources and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development
Employment Protection;
Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern;

Jon Ford

Local Government and Regional Development;
Fisheries;
the Kimberley; Pilbara and Gascoyne

Margaret Quirk

Corrective Services;
Women’s Interests;
Minister Assisting the Minister for Federal Affairs

Norm Marlborough

Small Business;
Peel and the South West;
Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

David Templeman

Community Development;
Seniors and Volunteering;
Youth

Tony McRae

Disibility Services;
Citizenship;
Multicultural Interests
Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

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