Premier-elect Mark McGowan has today announced his full list of Cabinet ministers, rewarding senior members of his team with significant portfolios.
Mr McGowan — who will along with his role as Premier also serve as Minister for Public Sector Management, State Development, Jobs and Trade and Federal-State relations — said the new Cabinet presented a “ very exciting time for WA”.
“I’ve got a Cabinet brimming with talent, a good array of people from the regions to the city, men and women, and people with all sorts of backgrounds — it’s a terrific group of people,” he said.
“I think it’s a Cabinet for the times, showing people that we are serious about Government.”
Deputy Premier-elect Roger Cook will get the dual role of Health and Mental Health Minister, roles which were conducted by two ministers in the previous government. Mr McGowan said he gave both positions to Mr Cook because it elevated the issue.
Sue Ellery will work in the dual role of Education and Training, another set of portfolios separate under the previous government, with responsibility for both schools and TAFEs.
New Legislative Council deputy leader Stephen Dawson will take on the role of Environment Minister, after former shadow minister Chris Tallentire was dropped from the Cabinet. Mr Dawson will also be Disability Services Minister.
Ben Wyatt will become Australia’s first indigenous Treasurer, while also collecting responsibility for Finance, Energy and Aboriginal Affairs.
In a widely tipped move, Labor stalwart Alannah MacTiernan will take on the roles of Regional Development and Agriculture and Food, a move Mr McGowan said was made because he had faith in Mrs MacTiernan.
Fran Logan has collected the emergency services and corrective services portfolios, while Michelle Roberts will return as Police and Road Safety Minister.
Mandurah MP and former whip David Templeman takes on Local Government, Culture and the Arts and the parliamentary Leader of the House role.
Butler MP John Quigley will be made Attorney-General, while Collie-Preston MP Mick Murray will be Seniors and Ageing, Volunteering and Sport and Recreation Minister.
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Paul Papalia becomes Tourism and Racing and Gaming Minister, while Bill Johnston will take responsibility for Housing, Electoral Affairs, Commerce and Industrial relations.
Rita Saffioti will continue in her transport and planning roles while also taking on the Lands portfolio.
Peter Tinley will be Mines and Petroleum Minister, Simone McGurk will be Child Protection Minister with other responsibilities of women’s interests, domestic violence and community service.
Dave Kelly becomes Water, Fisheries, Forestry and Science Minister.
MCGOWAN’S FIRST CABINET
Mark McGowan: Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations
Roger Cook: Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health
Sue Ellery: Education and Training; Leader of the Legislative Council
Stephen Dawson: Environment; Disability Services; Deputy Leader of the Legislative Council
Michelle Roberts: Police; Road Safety
Alannah MacTiernan: Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Minister Assisting the Minster for State Development, Jobs and Trade
Francis Logan: Emergency Services; Corrective Services
David Templeman: Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts; Leader of the House
John Quigley: Attorney General
Mick Murray: Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation
Ben Wyatt: Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Energy; Aboriginal Affairs
Paul Papalia: Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs
Bill Johnston: Asian Engagement; Housing; Electoral Affairs; Commerce and Industrial Relations
Rita Saffioti: Transport; Planning; Lands
Peter Tinley: Mines and Petroleum; Veterans Issues; Youth
Simone McGurk: Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services
Dave Kelly: Water; Fisheries; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science
Amber-Jade Sanderson: Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet
Chris Tallentire to the Minister for Water; Fisheries; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science
Alanna Clohesy to the Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health
Darren West to the Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade
Samantha Rowe to the Minister for Education and Training; Leader of the Legislative Council
John Carey to the Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations
Reece Whitby to the Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Energy; Aboriginal Affairs and the Minister for the Environment; Disability Services; Deputy Leader of the Legislative Council