Buswell keeps transport in Barnett's revamped Cabinet

Re-elected Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett keeps the transport portfolio in Troy Buswell's hands, with the addition of fisheries

March 20, 2013

Troy Buswell has retained control of Western Australia’s transport portfolio in newly re-elected Premier Colin Barnett’s new-look Cabinet.

Barnett today announced his new line-up, welcoming five new ministers to the frontbench and giving Buswell fisheries to go along with his transport portfolio.

Liza Harvey has kept her existing portfolios of police and road safety. The new Cabinet is due to be sworn in on Thursday.

"The beginning of the Liberal National Government’s second term is an exciting time and it presents an excellent opportunity to bring some fresh ideas and new approaches to the Cabinet table," Barnett says.

New appointments include Ken Baston as the Minister for Agriculture and Food, and Mike Nahan, who takes on the portfolios of energy, finance, citizenship and multicultural interests.

Tony Simpson will become Minister for Local Government, Community Services, Seniors and Volunteering, and Youth.

Meanwhile, Albert Jacob will assume the dual responsibilities of environment and heritage while Joe Francis becomes the Minister for Emergency Services, Corrective Services and Veterans.

"These members have all demonstrated their capacity and willingness to serve as parliamentary secretaries or as members of standing committees," Barnett says.

"They all have also demonstrated an ability to represent their local communities well, and those skills will be vital in their new roles."

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