Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt becomes first Indigenous person appointed to the Federal Cabinet

Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt becomes first Indigenous person appointed to the Federal Cabinet

HASLUCK MHR Ken Wyatt has become the first Indigenous person to be appointed to the Commonwealth ministry following a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promoted Mr Wyatt to Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health due to his “extensive knowledge and experience”.

“Mr Wyatt’s extensive knowledge and experience as a senior public servant in Indigenous health, coupled with his work as an assistant minister in this portfolio, makes him an ideal minister for this area,” Mr Turnbull said.

Mr Wyatt made history when he was sworn in as Assistant Minister for Health in September 2015, becoming the first Indigenous frontbencher in Federal Parliament.

His portfolio expanded to include Assistant Minister for Aged Care in February 2016.

Other cabinet announcements by Mr Turnbull included Greg Hunt as his new Health Minister, following the resignation of Sussan Ley last week over controversial travel claims.

Cabinet Secretary Arthur Sinodinos will take Mr Hunt’s place as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, with the cabinet secretary role returning to the Prime Minister’s office, reducing the size of the historically large cabinet by one.

Victorian Liberal backbencher Michael Sukkar will become Assistant Minister to the Treasurer.

Mr Turnbull said Special Minister of State Scott Ryan would continue to support the work of the cabinet as Minister assisting the Prime Minister for cabinet.

David Gillespie will continue to serve in portfolio as Assistant Minister for Rural Health.

The new ministers will be sworn in by the Governor-General in Canberra on Tuesday.