Rattenbury given TAMS, Corrections in new cabinet
ACT's new cabinet, Greens' Shane Rattenby, with Labor's Simon Corbell, Katy Gallagher, Andrew Barr, and Joy Burch, outside the ACT Legislative Assembly this morning. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has been appointed Canberra’s de facto Lord Mayor in Chief Minister Katy Gallagher’s new cabinet.
Mr Rattenbury will take on the Territory and Municipal Services portfolio in the new Labor-Greens power-sharing arrangements.
He will also be responsible for Corrections, Housing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Ageing.
The Territory and Municipal Service Minister is responsible for council-type services such as roads and rubbish, and is traditionally the ACT’s representative at meetings of capital city Lord Mayors.
In other major changes to ministerial responsibilities, Joy Burch will become Minister for Education and Treasurer Andrew Barr will take on responsibility for Community Services.
Mr Rattenbury said the TAMs portfolio contained many areas he was interested in, such as cycling and walking infrastructure and the city’s parks and lakes.
He said he was not disappointed to miss out on the attorney-general or environment portfolios.
“TAMS was in fact the portfolio I suggested to the Chief Minister I’d like to take on. I’m very pleased she’s trusted with me the responsibility for that,’’ Mr Rattenbury said.
Ms Gallagher, who will keep the health portfolio and also becomes the Minister for Education and Regional Development, said it was with some sadness she was giving up TAMS to Mr Rattenbury.
“It is with some reluctance that I let that portfolio go but I know that Shane will do a very good job in it,’’ she said.
Liberal leader Zed Seselja criticised Ms Gallagher for putting the Assembly’s only Greens MLA in charge of a major service-delivery portfolio.
“He [Mr Rattenbury] is effectively the Lord Mayor,’’ Mr Seselja said.
“Katy Gallagher has promoted Shane Rattenbury through this. She has taken one party that saw a big swing against it and made it central to this Labor–Greens government. They have put the Greens at the very centre of service delivery and decision-making in the ACT Government. I don’t believe that’s what the community voted for.’’
Ms Gallagher said the portfolios announced today deliver the right balance of skills, experience, interests and shared workload within a five member Cabinet.
“Finalising the Ministerial arrangements is an important first step in getting on with the agenda we took to the 2012 election along with the shared commitments in the Parliamentary Agreement with the ACT Greens,” Ms Gallagher said.
"I think I can speak on behalf of the ACT cabinet to say that we are all looking forward to serving the community in our new roles and the hard work of the next four years begins today.
“I look forward to working with all of my colleagues as we meet the challenges and opportunities head on and work to create a better and stronger Canberra."
- Chief Minister
- Minister for Health
- Minister for Regional Development
- Minister for Higher Education
- Deputy Chief Minister
- Minister for Economic Development
- Minister for Community Services
- Minister for Sport and Recreation
- Minister for Tourism and Events
- Attorney General
- Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development
- Minister for Police and Emergency Services
- Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations
- Minister for Education and Training
- Minister for Disability, Children and Young People
- Minister for Arts
- Minister for Women
- Minister for Multicultural Affairs
- Minister for Racing and Gaming
- Minister for Territory and Municipal Services
- Minister for Corrections
- Minister for Housing
- Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs
- Minister for Ageing