RETIRING MINISTERS: REALLOCATION OF PORTFOLIOSPrime Minister
The Prime Minister today announced the reallocation of the portfolios of the Ministers who retired from Parliament at the General Election. The retiring Ministers are the Hon Philip Burdon, the Hon John Falloon, the Hon Sir Robin Gray and the Hon Roger McClay.
Mr Burdon's responsibilities as Minister for Trade Negotiations and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade will be assumed by Mr McKinnon as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Mr McKinnon will also, as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, assume the responsibilities that Sir Robin Gray had as Minister of State and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Mr Burdon's State Owned Enterprises portfolio, responsibility for the Public Trust Office and other SOE-related responsibilities will be assigned to Mr Kidd.
Mr Falloon's portfolios of Forestry and Racing will be assigned to the Hon Denis Marshall.
Mr McClay's portfolio of Youth Affairs will be assigned to the Hon Katherine O'Regan. Mr McClay's associate ministerial responsibilities in the portfolios of Pacific Island Affairs, Education and Social Welfare will be assumed by the relevant principal portfolio Ministers.
The Prime Minister also confirmed that the Hon Murray McCully would take over the portfolio responsibilities previously held by the Hon John Banks - Tourism, Sport, Fitness and Leisure, Local Government and Civil Defence. Mr McCully has been acting Minister in these portfolios since Mr Banks' resignation last week.