Gillard gets super portfolio - education and IR

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Gillard gets super portfolio - education and IR

Julia Gillard will be Workplace Relations Minister in the new Rudd Government - but it will be just one of her duties as she has been given a ‘Super Ministry’ including education and employment.

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Julia Gillard will be Workplace Relations Minister in the new Rudd Government - but it will be just one of her duties as she has been given a ‘Super Ministry’ including education and employment.

As Deputy Leader, Gillard was entitled to choose her own portfolio and obviously decided she wanted wider responsibilities than just industrial relations.

Education is the key policy platform on which Rudd has based his Government’s future ambitions and Gillard will be front and centre in the development of that reform.

However, at the same time Gillard will have to guide the new IR policies though what may be a difficult Senate now that WorkChoices hard-liner Brendan Nelson has won the Liberal leadership.

The new joint portfolio is enormous and it remains to be seen what ministerial assistance Gillard is given to help her with the workload.

Synergies

Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd says there are synergies between the areas.

‘We’ll have within this portfolio preparation for work, participation in work and of course the laws governing the workplace,’ he said.
‘We believe this is an important indication of where we want to take the country for the future.’

Other ministries

The other major positions were as anticipated, with Wayne Swan getting Treasury and Lindsay Tanner Finance.

Rudd has promoted Stephen Smith to Foreign Affairs, which was unexpected as that was likely to go to the Shadow Minister, Robert McClelland, who has got Attorney-General. Joel Fitzgibbon is the new Defence Minister.

The former NSW Attorney-General, Bob Debus, will move straight into the ministry and oversee domestic law enforcement as Minister for Home Affairs.

Maxine McKew will be a parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister.

Former ACTU head, Greg Combet and new MP for Eden-Monaro, Mike Kelly will be a parliamentary secretary for defence.

Peter Garrett will remain Environment Minister and will take on heritage and the arts, but will hand responsibility for tackling global warming to Penny Wong, who takes on climate change and water and will attend the UN conference in Bali.

Anthony Albanese, the former spokesman for water, will be Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development. Former Labor leader, Simon Crean has kept responsibility for trade, and Nicola Roxon keeps health.

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