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Myki's new transport minister announced

Premier John Brumby today announced his new cabinet, naming the transport minister to continue Lynne Kosky's work on the introduction of myki into Melbourne.
Written by Suzanne Tindal, Contributor on

Premier John Brumby today announced his new cabinet, naming the transport minister to continue Lynne Kosky's work on the introduction of myki into Melbourne.

Martin Pakula has been chosen to take the weighty portfolio on board in addition to his original role as the minister for Industrial Relations. His role as the former minister for Industry and Trade would be taken up by Jacinta Allan who had been in charge of Regional and Rural Development.

Pakula will spend time on the transport he was governing, according to Brumby, and will listen to the concerns of passengers. He would be helped in his role by a career of "standing up for working Victorians", according to Brumby.

"Martin has the clear priorities of being an advocate for public transport users and driving the transformation of the public transport network under our $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan," the premier said in a statement.

Lynne Kosky resigned earlier this week, quoting family reasons. Her resignation came just after the implementation of myki onto Melbourne's trains. The introduction has had a few hiccups, such as 30,000 inactive cards needing to be recalled from distributors. Kosky says her departure had nothing to do with the system's troubles.

Myki's implementation on trams and buses is still due to occur. Over a hundred of thousand commuters have registered for the cards.

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