SOUTH Australian Premier Jay Weatherill yesterday announced his new Cabinet, which has been reduced from 15 ministers to 13 ministers and was sworn in by Governor Kevin Scarce at Government House.
The Premier has taken on the roles of Treasurer, Minister for the Public Sector and Minister for the Arts, with former Treasurer Jack Snelling taking the roles of Health and Ageing, Mental Health and Substance Abuse and retaining the portfolios of Defence Industries and Veterans' Affairs.
Following Patrick Conlon's retirement from Cabinet, Tom Koutsantonis takes on Transport and Infrastructure and Housing and Urban Development, in addition to retaining Minerals and Resources. Minister Chloë Fox retains the Transport Services portfolio.
Deputy Premier and Attorney General John Rau has gained the Industrial Relations portfolio, in addition to retaining the Planning, Business Services and Consumers portfolios.
Former Police Minister Jennifer Rankine retains the Multicultural Affairs portfolio and takes on the portfolio of Education and Child Development.
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Gail Gago has taken on the Local Government portfolio in addition to her portfolios of Regional Development and Status of Women.
Finance Minister Michael O'Brien has taken on Police, Correctional Services, Emergency Services and Road Safety.
Minister Grace Portolesi has taken on Employment, Higher Education and Skills and Science and Information Economy, while Minister Tom Kenyon has taken on Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade and Small Business.
Following Paul Caica's retirement from Cabinet, Minister Ian Hunter has taken on the portfolios of Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Water and the River Murray and Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation.
New additions to Cabinet are Tony Piccolo and Leon Bignell, with the former taking on the portfolios of Communities and Social Inclusion, Social Housing, Disabilities, Youth and Volunteers and the latter responsible for Tourism and Recreation and Sport.