First Rudd Ministry

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First Rudd Ministry
Flag of Australia.svg
65th ministry of Australia
Kevin Rudd official portrait.jpg
Date formed 3 December 2007
Date dissolved 24 June 2010
People and organizations
Head of government Kevin Rudd
Deputy head of government Julia Gillard
Head of state Queen Elizabeth II
(represented by Michael Jeffery,
later Quentin Bryce)
Member party Labor
Status in legislature Labor majority government
Opposition party Liberal/National Coalition
Opposition leader Brendan Nelson
Malcolm Turnbull
Tony Abbott
History
Legislature term(s) 42nd
Previous Fourth Howard
Successor First Gillard
Kevin Rudd (front, middle), with Governor-General Michael Jeffery and the rest of his Ministry after being sworn in on 3 December 2007

The First Rudd Ministry (Labor) was the 65th ministry of the Government of Australia, and was led by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. It succeeded the Fourth Howard Ministry upon its swearing in by Governor-General Major-General Michael Jeffery on 3 December 2007 after the 2007 election, and was replaced by the First Gillard Ministry on 24 June 2010 when the deputy leader, Julia Gillard, became prime minister.[1]

Cabinet[edit]

Officeholder Office(s)
Kevin Rudd MP
Julia Gillard MP
  • Deputy Prime Minister
  • Minister for Education
  • Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Minister for Social Inclusion
Wayne Swan MP
  • Treasurer
Senator Chris Evans
  • Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
  • Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator John Faulkner
  • Cabinet Secretary (until 9 June 2009)
  • Special Minister of State (until 9 June 2009)
  • Minister for Defence (from 9 June 2009)
  • Vice-President of the Executive Council
Simon Crean MP
  • Minister for Trade
Stephen Smith MP
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs
Joel Fitzgibbon MP
  • Minister for Defence (until 4 June 2009)
Nicola Roxon MP
  • Minister for Health and Ageing
Jenny Macklin MP
  • Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Lindsay Tanner MP
  • Minister for Finance and Deregulation
Anthony Albanese MP
  • Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government
  • Leader of the House
Senator Stephen Conroy
  • Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
  • Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator Kim Carr
  • Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
Senator Penny Wong
  • Minister for Climate Change and Water (until 8 March 2010)
  • Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water (from 8 March 2010)
Peter Garrett MP
  • Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts (until 8 March 2010)
  • Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts (from 8 March 2010)
Robert McClelland MP
  • Attorney-General
Senator Joe Ludwig
  • Minister for Human Services (until 9 June 2009)
  • Cabinet Secretary (from 9 June 2009)
  • Special Minister of State (from 9 June 2009)
  • Manager of Government Business in the Senate
Tony Burke MP
  • Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Minister for Population (from 14 April 2010)
Martin Ferguson MP
  • Minister for Resources and Energy
  • Minister for Tourism
Chris Bowen MP
  • Minister for Human Services (from 9 June 2009)
  • Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law (from 9 June 2009)

Outer ministry[edit]

  • Bob Debus MP: Minister for Home Affairs (until 9 June 2009)
  • Chris Bowen MP: Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs (until 9 June 2009)
  • Alan Griffin MP: Minister for Veterans' Affairs; Minister for Defence Personnel (from 1 April 2010)
  • Tanya Plibersek MP: Minister for Housing; Minister for the Status of Women
  • Brendan O'Connor MP: Minister for Employment Participation (until 9 June 2009). Minister for Home Affairs (from 9 June 2009)
  • Warren Snowdon MP: Minister for Defence Science and Personnel (until 9 June 2009); Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Service Delivery (from 9 June 2009)
  • Craig Emerson MP: Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy; Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, Minister assisting the Finance Minister on Deregulation. (from 9 June 2009)
  • Senator Nick Sherry: Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law (until 9 June 2009); Assistant Treasurer (from 9 June 2009)
  • Justine Elliot MP: Minister for Ageing
  • Kate Ellis MP: Minister for Youth and Sport (until 9 June 2009); Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth; Minister for Sport (from 9 June 2009)
  • Greg Combet MP: Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science (9 June 2009 – 1 April 2010); Minister for Defence Material and Science (from 1 April 2010); Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change (9 June 2009 – 8 March 2010); Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (from 8 March 2010)
  • Senator Mark Arbib: Minister for Employment Participation; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Government Service Delivery (from 9 June 2009)

Parliamentary Secretaries[edit]

  • Maxine McKew MP: Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care (Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio)(until 9 June 2009). Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (from 9 June 2009)
  • Greg Combet AM MP: Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement (to 25 February 2009); Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change (from 25 February 2009 to 9 June 2009)(see Outer Ministry)
  • Mike Kelly AM MP: Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support; Parliamentary Secretary for Water (from 25 February 2009)
  • Gary Gray AO MP: Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Northern Australia (Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government portfolio)(until 9 June 2009). Parliamentary Secretary for Western and Northern Australia (from 9 June 2009)
  • Bill Shorten MP: Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services (Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs portfolio); Parliamentary Secretary for Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction (from 25 February 2009)
  • Bob McMullan MP: Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance
  • Duncan Kerr SC MP: Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs (until 14 December 2009)
  • Anthony Byrne MP: Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister; Parliamentary Secretary for Trade (from 25 February 2009)
  • Senator Ursula Stephens: Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector; Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Prime Minister for Social Inclusion (to 9 June 2009); Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion, Parliamentary Secretary for the Voluntary Sector (from 9 June 2009)
  • Senator Mark Arbib: Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery (Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio) (from 25 February 2009 to 9 June 2009) (see Outer Ministry)
  • Senator Jan McLucas: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing (to 9 June 2009)
  • Laurie Ferguson MP: Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services
  • Jason Clare MP: Parliamentary Secretary for Employment (from 9 June 2009)
  • Mark Butler MP: Parliamentary Secretary for Health (from 9 June 2009)
  • Richard Marles MP: Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry (from 9 June 2009)
  • John Murphy: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade (to 25 February 2009)

Changes to the Ministry[edit]

Changes from Rudd shadow ministry[edit]

Prior to Labor's election to government, in line with long-standing parliamentary convention, Rudd led a shadow cabinet consisting of opposition spokespeople on a range of portfolios. Following the election, some changes were made to this configuration before the Ministry was sworn in.

Peter Garrett was sworn in as Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, but his shadow portfolio had included Climate Change and Water, which went to Senator Penny Wong. Three previous shadow ministers — Arch Bevis, Kate Lundy and Kerry O'Brien — were relegated to the back bench, while three others — Jan McLucas, Laurie Ferguson and Bob McMullan — were only sworn in as parliamentary secretaries.[2]

Some portfolio responsibilities changed due to Julia Gillard's appointment as Minister for Education. Tanya Plibersek's responsibilities were reduced, with Human Services transferring to Joe Ludwig, the shadow Attorney-General. Robert McClelland became Attorney-General, while Stephen Smith became Minister for Foreign Affairs in lieu of Education.

While the former Shadow Minister for Finance Lindsay Tanner retained his portfolio, the ministry and department underwent a name change to Finance and Deregulation.

February 2009 changes[edit]

On 25 February 2009, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced a reshuffle of his Parliamentary Secretaries (the lowest ministerial rank), following the resignation of John Murphy.[3] The reshuffle also saw the appointment of Senator Mark Arbib as Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery. Bill Shorten added Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction to his responsibilities of Disabilities and Children's Services.

June 2009 reshuffle[edit]

On 9 June 2009, a significant reshuffle of the ministry took place. It was prompted by Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon's resignation from cabinet after a series of embarrassing events and revelations harmed his reputation, along with a generally held view that his relationship with his department had irretrievably broken down.[4][5] The changes were announced by Rudd on 5 June 2009. Labor veteran Senator John Faulkner, previously Special Minister for State and responsible for the government's electoral reform package, was appointed to the role. He was the first person from the Left faction of the ALP to hold the position since World War II.[6] Other changes of note included the elevation of Greg Combet and Senator Mark Arbib from parliamentary secretaries to the Outer Ministry, and Bob Debus's retirement from the ministry. The new ministers were all sworn in on 9 June.[7][8]

Other changes[edit]

On 14 December 2009 Duncan Kerr's appointment as Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance was terminated following his announcement that he would retire at the next election.[9]

On 8 March 2010, Peter Garrett's title was changed from Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts to Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts. This was in response to the perceived mishandling of one of the government's stimulus programs. Several of Garrett's environmental responsibilities were transferred to Senator Penny Wong, whose title changed from Minister for Climate Change and Water to Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water.[10]

On 1 April 2010 Greg Combet became Minister for Defence Materiel and Science (losing "personnel") and Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and Alan Griffin added Minister for Defence Personnel to his position as Minister for Veterans' Affairs.[11]

On 14 April 2010 Tony Burke was appointed the inaugural Minister for Population.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historical information on the Australian Parliament" (PDF). Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Gillard wins plum roles". The Age (Australia). 30 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "Rudd Ministry, 25 February 2009 – 9 June 2009". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Wanna, John (December 2009). "Australian Political Chronicle: January–June 2009". Australian Journal of Politics and History 55 (4): 590. ISSN 0004-9522. 
  5. ^ "More dirt to come' on Fitzgibbon". ABC Online. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Coorey, Phillip (6 June 2009). "Faulkner takes aim at Defence". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Rudd Ministry, 9 June 2009 – 14 December 2009". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Rudd’s new look team sworn in". ABC Online. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rudd Ministry, 14 December 2009 – 8 March 2010". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Rudd Ministry, 8 March 2010 – 1 April 2010". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Rudd Ministry, 1 April 2010 – 14 April 2010". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Rudd Ministry, 14 April 2010 – 24 June 2010". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 

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