Cabinet changes

Malcolm Turnbull

New Ministers appointed to health, business portfolios

Some new faces will be occupying ministerial positions in portfolios of relevance to community pharmacy after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced his Cabinet reshuffle late on Tuesday (19 December).

While Greg Hunt retains the key Health portfolio, and Ken Wyatt remains Minister for Indigenous Health, Senator Bridget McKenzie joins Cabinet as Minister for Sport, Rural Health and Regional Communications.

Senator McKenzie, recently elected as the Nationals Deputy Leader, was elected to the Senate for Victoria in 2011.  

“Bridget has long campaigned for better services for regional communities,” said Mr Turnbull in a release.

There is also a new face in the small business portfolio with the promotion of Craig Laundy to the role of Minister for Small & Family Business, Workplaces and Deregulation.

“Craig spent two decades in private business before joining Parliament so will bring unique insight into the challenges faced by small businesses,” said Mr Turnbull.

“He will take direct responsibility for workplace relations and will work closely with Senator Cash in her new role to ensure the Government is doing everything possible to give companies the confidence they need to invest and create jobs, and to give Australians the confidence they can get the skills and opportunities they need to find a job or land a better paying job”.

Mr Laundy is the member for Reid in NSW, and was first elected to the House of Representatives  in 2013.

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