IN a shock announcement, former NSW premier Bob Carr will join the Senate and take the role of Foreign Affairs Minister.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard revealed her new cabinet after a week of speculation Mr Carr may have stepped into the prestigious role. However, as late as this morning it was believed that Defence Minister Stephen Smith would be reappointed to his former role after internal resistance to Mr Carr's appointment.
Mr Carr was approached for the job earlier this week but the offer was then reported to have been withdrawn amid protests from Labor ministers such as Simon Crean and Stephen Smith who were also in line for the job.
- Craig Emerson will continue as acting foreign minster until Mr Carr takes up the Senate vacancy and has had his portfolio expanded to include role of Minister for Trade and Competitiveness.
- Brendan O'Connor has been promoted into cabinet as the Minister for Small Business and as Minister for Housing and Homelessness.
- Attorney-General Nicola Roxon picks up Emergency Management.
- Environment Minister Tony Burke will take on the additional role of Vice-President of the Executive Council.
- Senator Kate Lundy was promoted to Minister for Sport and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, as well as Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation.
- Member for Lindsay David Bradbury was appointed as Assistant Treasurer, and in the newly-created position of Minister Assisting for Deregulation.
- Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare will take on the additional portfolio of Minister for Defence Materiel.
- Kim Carr loses Manufacturing to Climate Change and Industry Minister Greg Combet but picks up Human Services.
- Jan McLucas will become Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.
- Queensland MP Bernie Ripoll is the new Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, while Sharon Bird becomes Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills.
- Jacinta Collins will become Manager of Government Business in the Senate following Mark Arbib's retirement.
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