“Just as Ken was the first indigenous person to be elected to the House of Representatives and the first to be appointed to the executive, he is now the first Indigenous person appointed to a Commonwealth Ministry,” says Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“His extensive knowledge and experience as a senior public servant in Indigenous health coupled with his work as an Assistant Minister in this portfolio will make him an ideal Minister for the area.”
The Prime Minister confirms as senior minister, Mr Hunt will represent the Aged Care sector in Cabinet. Mr Hunt has previously served as Minister for the Environment, and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.
“He has strong policy, analytical and communication skills developed over a long front bench career,” says Mr Turnbull.
This is the Prime Minister’s fourth Cabinet reshuffle since taking office and the new ministers will be sworn in by the Governor-General in Canberra on Tuesday.