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McBain elevated to frontbench

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Member for Eden-Monaro, Kristy McBain has been promoted to the outer ministry as the look Federal Government announced its frontbench in Canberra on Tuesday (May 31).

Ms McBain has been given the title Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, and told East Coast Radio she's looking forward to making a real difference.

"On top of my duties around Eden Monaro, I'll also (now) have responsibility for those ministerial elements of Parliament, so it's very exciting news," Ms McBain said. 

"I'll be working with Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Catehrine King and also Assistant Minister, Senator Anthony Chisolm and we'll be looking after that department," she said. 

"I'm really keen to bring a real regional focus, we know our region has been hit hard over the last three years, so really interested to get into the role and see how we can play a part in focusing on regional development.

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"The local government part of that portfolio is one that I've been intimately involved with previously, so looking forward to working with councils all across Australia to see how we can make sure we are assiting them."

A record number of women will serve in the new government's cabinet and ministry after Labor revealed its front bench.

There are 10 women in cabinet, 13 in the ministry and 19 on the front benches - record female representation in all three categories.

When asked if Ms McBain's new portfolio would take away from her duties in the Eden Monaro, she had a simple response. 

"Never."

"First and foremost my role is as the Member for the Eden Monaro and my duties around the electorate will not change and I look forward to continuing my travel schedule across the electorate."

Ms McBain will get sworn in later today and then briefings will commence with her department thereafter. 

Parliament will sit for the first time with the new Government in the end of July. 

LABOR FRONT BENCH
Anthony Albanese -- Prime Minister.

Richard Marles — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence.

Penny Wong — Senate Leader and Foreign Minister.

Don Farrell — Deputy Senate Leader, Minister for Tourism and Travel and Special Minister of State.

Jim Chalmers — Treasurer.

Katy Gallagher — Minister for Finance, Minister for Public Service and Minister for Women.

Tony Burke — Leader of the House, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Arts.

Mark Butler — Deputy Leader of the House and Minister of Health and Aged Care.

Chris Bowen — Minister for Climate Change and Minister for Energy.

Tanya Plibersek — Minister for Environment and Water.

Catherine King — Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

Linda Burney — Minister for Indigenous Australians.

Amanda Rishworth — Minister for Social Services.

Bill Shorten — Minister for the NDIS and Minister for Government Services.

Mark Dreyfus — Attorney General and Cabinet Secretary.

Brendan O'Connor — Minister for Skills and Training.

Jason Clare — Minister for Education.

Julie Collins — Minister for Housing, Minister for Homelessness and Minister for Small Business.

Michelle Rowland — Minister for Communications.

Madeleine King — Minister for Resources and Minister for Northern Australia.

Murray Watt — Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Fisheries and Forestry and Minister for Emergency Management.

Ed Husic — Minister for Industry and Science.

Clare O'Neil — Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Cyber Security.

 

OUTER MINISTRY

Matt Keogh — Minister for Veterans Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel.

Pat Conroy — Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

Stephen Jones — Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Finacial Services.

Andrew Giles — Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.

Anne Aly — Minister for Early Childhood Education and Minister for Youth.

Anika Wells — Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Sport.

Kristy McBain — Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories.

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