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New ministers for Health and Aged Care

Following Sussan Lay’s resignation last week, Greg Hunt has been named as Australia’s new Health Minister and Ken Wyatt has been promoted from Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care to Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health.

Ken Wyatt has been appointed Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health
Ken Wyatt has been appointed Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health

“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.

New Minister for Health and Sport Greg Hunt

“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.

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