Albanese gets more to do after reshuffle

Transport mininster regains regional development responsibilities while King and Gray are promoted

March 25, 2013

Federal infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has had his load increased under Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s reshuffle today.

Albanese, a one-time backer of Kevin Rudd but apparently not involved in the Labor Party’s latest leadership shenanigans, will take over the burden of Simon Crean’s regional development and local government responsibilities.

"Anthony has previously held these portfolio responsibilities and they neatly complement his existing role as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport," Gillard says.

"He will be supported by Catherine King in the Outer Ministry as Minister for Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories, and as Minister for Road Safety."

King spent two years in the Rudd Government as chair of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Committee, between 2008-2010, as it deliberated on national transport regulation.

Taking up the slack left when Chris Bowen and Martin Ferguson resigned last week is the business-friendly Western Australian Gary Gray, who takes on small business and resources portfolios.

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