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Rudd announces new ministerial line-up

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KEY supporters of Kevin Rudd were among those to be promoted to the new Prime Minister's Cabinet on Monday.

Mr Rudd announced sweeping changes to the team he will take to the election, including the return of Kim Carr and Joel Fitzgibbon to the executive team.

The new Cabinet also includes a range of promotions for Mark Butler, Senator Jacinta Collins, Tony Burke, and Catherine King.

Mr Butler will take on Climate Change and Environment, with his predecessor in Environment, Mr Burke, to take over Immigration and Ms King will be promoted to Cabinet as Regional Australia Minister.

Senator Collins will join Cabinet Mental Health and Ageing Ministers, with Brendan O'Connor to take on Employment and Skills Minister.

 

Crean to retire

After more than 20 years in federal politics, former Labor leader Simon Crean has said a tearful farewell to the party he grew up in.

Mr Crean was one of only two Labor politicians to have served as a minister under four Prime Ministers - Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.

"This brings to an end a commitment I've had to the Labor movement for 40 years," Mr Crean told reporters in Melbourne.

The son and grandson of former Labor MPs, Mr Crean said there had "been a Crean involved in public life since the 1940's".

His father Frank was a previous Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister in the Whitlam Government, and his grandfather was also in politics.

Mr Crean has joined a series of senior Labor figures to depart the public life since Mr Rudd took power.

However, he said he had offered his services to continue in the ministerial role until the election, or allow some "regeneration" within the party.

Mr Crean said Mr Rudd chose the latter option.

He said he had supported Mr Rudd in the leadership ballot last week, for the good of the party.

"It wasn't personal - if it was, I would have stayed with Julia," he said.

First elected as the Member for Hotham in 1990, Mr Crean spent about 15 years as a union official, and head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, before he was elected to parliament.

 

New blood and new roles

Those given additional responsibilities include new Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who will take on Communications and Bill Shorten, who will add Education to Workplace Relations.

Mr Carr will return as Innovation and Industry Ministers, Julie Collins will take on the Housing portfolio and Mr Fitzgibbon will be Agriculture Ministers.

Key Rudd supporter and former Parliamentary Secretary for Trade Richard Marles will join Cabinet at Trade Minister; while Tanya Plibersek will retain Health, and take on Medical Research.

Former Science Minister Don Farrell will move to the Sports portfolio, with Senator Kate Lundy moved to Multicultural Affairs.

Early Childhood Minister Kate Ellis will add the Youth portfolio to her responsibilities and Sharon Bird will be Regional Development and Communications Minister.

West Australian MP Melissa Parke joins the ministry as the first Minister for International Development.

Changes at the parliament secretary level included Kelvin Thomson to be Parliament Secretary for Schools and Amanda Rishworth to add Environment to her Disabilities and Carers roles.

Mr Rudd has decided to have two personal Parliamentary Secretaries, with Alan Griffin and Ed Husic to take over from Andrew Leigh.

Both will have other responsibilities, with Mr Husic to be secretary for Broadband and Mr Griffin to be the Cabinet Secretary.

Senator Matt Thistlethwaite will add Infrastructure and Transport to his existing Parliamentary Secretary roles.
Left convenor Senator Doug Cameron will also be Parliamentary Secretary for Housing.

Mr Rudd said he had recommended the new ministry be sworn in by Governor-General Quentin Bryce on Monday.

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