Australia has its first Indigenous cabinet minister with Ken Wyatt taking up the role of Minister for Indigenous Australians, The Mandarin reports.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s 23-member cabinet will have seven women for the first time, the Prime Minister announced, while also revealing the nation will see its first female Minister for Agriculture in Nationals deputy leader Bridge McKenzie.
The musical chairs ministries of Women and Public Service have rotated again. Marise Payne adds Minister for Women to her existing Foreign Affairs portfolio. Greg Hunt adds Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service to his existing Health portfolio.
Human Services, home to Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support agencies, will be replaced with a new structure called Services Australia, modeled on Service NSW, to drive greater efficiencies and integration of Government service delivery and making best use of technology and digital applications. Stuart Robert will be its cabinet minister, with the titles of Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Minister for Government Services.
Meanwhile, the senior department within the cluster will continue to be Social Services, now called Families and Social Services. Anne Ruston, another new face in cabinet takes over as minister.