Conroy stays as comms minister

Conroy stays as comms minister

Summary: New Prime Minister Julia Gillard has confirmed that only minimal changes will be made to her cabinet team, with Communications Minister Stephen Conroy to retain his position.

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New Prime Minister Julia Gillard has confirmed that only minimal changes will be made to her cabinet team, with Communications Minister Stephen Conroy to retain his position.

Gillard this afternoon held a press conference in Canberra to detail the new cabinet. However, she did not make any new significant appointments to its ranks, simply handing her own portfolios of education, employment and workplace relations to Simon Crean, with Foreign Minister Stephen Smith to add trade to his responsibilities.

Retiring Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner will retain his position until the election, which he is not planning to contest. The new Prime Minister emphasised the need for her government to remain stable and focus on governing before the election.

Gillard did not mention Conroy directly, but she made it clear that no other appointments would be made for the time being — no new cabinet ministers or parliamentary secretaries. A wider reshuffle may follow if Labor wins the election — "we will shape the team at that point", said Gillard.

The minor cabinet reshuffle will put paid to the speculation in Australia's technology sector over the past few days that Gillard may replace Conroy with fellow Labor Senator Kate Lundy due to her long-standing commitment to the portfolio — or hand off some of his responsibilities.

Topics: Government, Government AU, Telcos

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  • So basically the new PM is pretty much the same as the old one. Great! Those guys and gals in Labor are a smart bunch!
    m00nh34d
  • Basically, nothing has changed. We still have an idiot in charge
    ozguy
  • So annoying - I was hoping she would be a viable alternative to Abbot, but I simply can't vote for a party that continues to back Conroy.
    Pachanga-4184c
  • The ALPs election chances may have been boosted by ousting Rudd but removing Conroy will have a far greater long term benefit for the ALP and the country as a whole.

    I can't fathom how anyone can interpret Conroys censorship plans for this country as a good thing.
    Scott W-ef9ad
  • She had a chance to impose her new position & get rid of the idiot CONJOB & she blew it!!

    Any chance of picking up votes at the next election, after the mess left behind by KRUDD has been frittered away to keep the party machine happy.

    DO THEY NEVER LEARN. They can't mess with the electors!

    They are elected to govern FOR the people, NOT for the politicians.
    Huntsman.ks