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Premier Daniel Andrews announces new cabinet



The government's massive infrastructure agenda will continue to be prosecuted by Jacinta Allan, who unlike many of her recent predecessors on both sides of the house emerged largely unscathed from the public transport portfolio. She will now be the Minister for Transport Infrastructure.

She also remains the leader of the lower house.

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However, the promotion of the former upper house whip Jaclyn Symes to regional development, agriculture and resource portfolios hinges upon her being elected to the Upper House.

Former Attorney General Martin Pakula takes on jobs, innovation, trade, tourism, sport, major event portfolios and retains racing.

The new Cabinet also sees the return of Adem Somyurek, who controversially quit the Cabinet in 2015 after a former Office of Police Integrity chief found he had bullied his chief of staff, Dimity Paul.

Mr Somyurek will become a minister for local government and return to the portfolio he lost in 2015, a small business.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne keeps that portfolio, but adds to it housing and multicultural affairs.

Martin Foley, who has had housing and the massive workload of four other portfolios in the previous government, will now have three ministries: mental health, equality and creative industries (the arts).

Lisa Neville remains a police minister, as well as keeping her portfolio of water.


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