Faithful land significant portfolios
Mark McGowan has announced his full list of Cabinet ministers, rewarding senior members of his team with significant portfolios.
The Premier — who will also serve as minister for public sector management, state development, jobs and trade and Federal-State relations — said the Cabinet presented a “very exciting time for WA”.
Deputy Premier 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. Labor’s new Cabinet incorporates some familiar faces and some notable omissions.
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.
Labor stalwart Alannah MacTiernan will take on the roles of regional development and agriculture and food. 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. 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.
Alannah MacTiernan will take on the roles of regional development and agriculture and food.