Labor’s senator for the ACT named minister for the public service

By Melissa Coade

June 1, 2022

Katy Gallagher
Finance minister Katy Gallagher. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Cabinet minister Katy Gallagher will be responsible for the portfolio overseeing the APS, in addition to her appointment as minister for finance and minister for women. 

The ACT senator is one of 10 other women to hold cabinet positions in Anthony Albanese’s new government. She was a leading voice on the campaign trail, speaking to the party’s government audit and consultant cost-cutting plans if Labor were voted into power. 

Deputy PM Richard Marles will add to his deputy PM job the role of defence minister, Mark Butler gets health and aged care minister, Chris Bowen has been named climate and energy minister, while Claire O’Neil will serve as minister of home affairs and cyber security. 

Linda Burney will serve as the minister for Indigenous Australians, and Bill Shorten will be NDIS minister and minister for government services. 

Victorian MP Mark Dreyfus will serve as cabinet secretary and attorney-general. 

Jason Clare is the new education minister, and Tanya Plibersek will manage the environment and water portfolio.

Tony Bourke will be leader of the House, as well as minister for employment and workplace relations and minister for the arts. Brendan O’Connor will be the minister for skills and training. 

Katherine King will oversee the portfolio capturing infrastructure, transport, regional development and local government. Social services will be overseen by Amanda Richworth. 

A new ministry for housing, homelessness and small businesses has been created by Albanese and will be overseen by Julie Collins.  

Albanese revealed his new ministry for the 47th parliament after a caucus meeting on Tuesday evening. He also confirmed vote-counting for the electorate of Gilmore suggested Labor had secured a 77th seat in the Lower House – one more than needed to form a majority government. 

“This is an exciting team, which is overflowing with talent, with people who are absolutely committed to making a difference in my government,” the PM said.

“This is the largest number of women (10) who have ever served in an Australian cabinet, there are 13 women in the ministry and 19 frontbenchers – a record number in all three categories.” 

The new ministers will be sworn in by the governor-general on Wednesday morning, followed by a full ministry meeting in the afternoon. 

Albanese described colleagues as the “most experienced incoming Labor government” since Australia’s federation. 

“I think that will augur well for how the government functions,” he said. 

The PM announced Patrick Dodson would serve as special envoy for Reconciliation and the implementation of the Uluru Statement of the Heart. Dodson will work alongside Burney to see the next steps taken toward constitutional change to recognise the statement. 

“This is a priority for the government,” Albanese said. 

“We hope to put in place structures which will allow for people across the parliament to participate in that process, but also for people out there in society, including the media. This is a change which is long overdue that we need to make,” he said.

Labor has also appointed special envoys for the Great Barrier Reef and the arts in MPs Anita Green and Susan Templeman, respectively.

Albanese said meetings of the National Security Committee and the Expenditure Review Committee would proceed on Thursday.  

“This is a government that has hit the ground running. This is a government that is determined not to waste a single day in office, to give Australia a government that is worthy of the courage, resilience, determination and compassion of the Australian people themselves,” the PM said.


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