SA premier ‘thinking of’ restrictions, to make announcement tomorrow
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Bridget McKenzie promoted in Nationals reshuffle
After days of speculation, Joyce announced his picks for the ministry, shifting Queensland’s Keith Pitt to the outer-ministry and dumping Darren Chester altogether, while promoting Bridget McKenzie and Andrew Gee.
Pitt will retain the resources and water portfolios but will no longer sit in the cabinet, making it the first time in five years a minister holding those portfolios was moved to the outer-ministry. Pitt also lost the key northern Australia portfolio in the reshuffle.
Chester, a longtime critic of Joyce and key Michael McCormack backer, was prepared for his move out of the ministry, despite pleas from veterans and their families to retain him in the portfolio. With the royal commission now getting underway, veterans had called for consistency.
Gee will become the fifth minister to head the portfolio since 2015.
Mark Coulter, another strong McCormack backer, is also out of the ministry, while Nationals deputy leader David Littleproud has lost emergency management, with McKenzie now the regions minister, with control of ‘regionalisation’, regional health and education and emergency management. The emergency management portfolio is seen as one of the higher profile rewards, with the minister often included in big government announcements around covid and natural disasters
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