The State Government has announced minor changes to its Cabinet in an effort to continue government stability.
Premier Mark McGowan revealed the portfolio adjustments on Thursday that will strengthen the focus of Government’s agenda, balance workloads for Ministers, highlight the importance of the budget and Metronet.
The changes include Treasurer Ben Wyatt passing the Energy portfolio to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston.
Mr Johnston will relinquish three of his portfolios to take up the new portfolio, with Attorney General John Quigley assuming his Commerce portfolio, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson filling Electoral Affairs and Asian Engagement handed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti will pass the Lands portfolio to Mr Wyatt to enable her to focus on Metronet and WA planning reforms, while Sue Ellery will pass on her Ports portfolio to Regional Development Minister Allanah MacTiernan.
Mr McGowan said the changes were designed to build on Labor’s first 20 months of office, with the changes designed to continue work delivering on election promises.
“It’s always important that we reflect on our workloads in the Cabinet and continue to focus on delivering our election agenda,” he said.
He added the changes will boost the government’s efforts on its projects including Metronet.
“These minor changes within my Cabinet will help build on the State’s strong performance over the last 20 months and continues our stable approach to government,” he said.
“Getting our State back on track, by delivering responsible financial management and building Metronet, is crucial to the future of this State.”
“This will continue to be the major focus of my Government.”