Anglicare Australia welcomes incoming ministers
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has launched his new cabinet and ministry, which has seen some new faces emerge in the key portfolios for the Anglicare Australia Network.
Senator Anne Ruston has been appointed Minister for Families and Social Services. She will oversee an expanded Department in a portfolio that merges families with social services. We will work with her on critical issues such as financial counselling, emergency services, the low rate of Newstart, and support for young people among others.
Stuart Robert has been appointed Minister for NDIS. This is a new dedicated portfolio focused on the NDIS, and we will be watching closely to ensure it reflects a focus on fixing early problems with the Scheme.
Michael Sukkar has been reappointed Assistant Treasurer, as well as becoming Minister for Housing. He will be assisted by Luke Howarth, Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services. This is the first time in six years that the Government has had a Minister for Housing and a Minister for Homelessness. We will be making the case to both of them for action on the huge shortfall in social and affordable housing.
Richard Colbeck has been appointed Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians and Minister for Youth and Sport. We will be working closely with him on issues facing the aged care sector, and on the implementation of the Royal Commission.
Ken Wyatt has been appointed Minister for Indigenous Australians, a landmark and historic appointment. Our Network is active in partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to deliver services and in the Family Matters campaign to reduce child removals. We will be working with Minister Wyatt on all of these issues.
Senator Michaelia Cash will become Minister for Employment, a portfolio she held earlier in the life of this Government. We are looking forward to working with Senator Cash again as the Government makes changes to the JobActive Network.
David Littleproud will become Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management. This will be a key relationship for our Network as we continue to help people rebuild their lives after extreme weather and natural disasters. We will also be engaging with the Minister on our work in helping rural and regional areas through financial counselling and emergency relief services.
There is also some continuity in the Ministry. Greg Hunt has been reappointed Minister for Health; Senator Zed Seselja has been reappointed as Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters; and Michelle Landry will continue to serve as Assistant Minister for Children and families.
Anglicare Australia has congratulated each of these Ministers, and sought to brief them on key issues facing our Network. We will be in touch with members about these briefings in the coming weeks and months.