As the parliament geared up to debate assisted dying legislation, the Victorian government announced a minor ministerial reshuffle to replace outgoing minister Wade Noonan.
Noonan, who held the positions of minister for resources and minister for industry, announced he was leaving politics for family reasons two weeks ago. He will continue as member for Williamstown until the next election, due in November 2018.
Noonan took a leave of absence from his responsibilities last year after being exposed to “unspeakable crimes and traumatic events” as police and corrections minister, though he said his resignation was unrelated.
Treasurer Tim Pallas will take over the resources portfolio. First on the list of priorities will be to “ensure Victorians aren’t short-changed on GST” — which will bring the garden state into conflict with Western Australia — and working with the chief scientist to determine the potential for onshore conventional gas exploration in future.
Member for Niddrie Ben Carroll will be elevated to cabinet as minister for industry and employment.
The job will see Carroll, previously parliamentary secretary for justice, managing the transition of the automotive industry and ensuring workers are supported to retrain and find new jobs.
Jenny Mikakos will add a new portfolio of early childhood education to her existing portfolios of families and children, and youth affairs.
The announcement follows another recent minor reshuffle, when Natalie Hutchins took over as minister for women and the prevention of family violence, following the death from cancer of Fiona Richardson in August.
Here’s the full list of Victorian ministers:
|Jacinta||Allan||Minister for Public Transport
Minister for Major Projects
Leader of the House (Legislative Assembly)
|Ben||Carroll||Minister for Industry and Employment|
|Philip||Dalidakis||Minister for Trade and Investment
Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy
Minister for Small Business
|Lily||D’Ambrosio||Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
Minister for Suburban Development
|Luke||Donnellan||Minister for Roads and Roads Safety
Minister for Ports
|John||Eren||Minister for Tourism and Major Events
Minister for Sport
Minister for Veterans
|Martin||Foley||Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing
Minister for Mental Health
Minister for Equality
Minister for Creative Industries
|Jill||Hennessy||Minister for Health
Minister for Ambulance Services
|Natalie||Hutchins||Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for Industrial Relations
Minister for Women
Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence
|Gavin||Jennings||Special Minister of State
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
|Marlene||Kairouz||Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation
Minister for Local Government
Minister for Education
Minister for Emergency Services
|Jenny||Mikakos||Minister for Families and Children
Minister for Early Childhood Education
Minister for Youth Affairs
|Lisa||Neville||Minister for Police
Minister for Water
Minister for Racing
Minister for Resources
|Jaala||Pulford||Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Regional Development
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
|Robin||Scott||Minister for Finance
Minister for Multicultural Affairs
|Gayle||Tierney||Minister for Corrections
Minister for Training and Skills
|Richard||Wynne||Minister for Planning|