With the dust settled on the leadership spill and massive cabinet reshuffle, ACAPMA has taken the opportunity to look into the Ministers who have picked up the portfolios of key interest to members.

Deputy Prime Minister, and leader of the Nationals, the Hon Warren Truss MP stays on as the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional development, while the Hon Andrew Robb MP and the Hon Greg Hunt MP retain their portfolios of Trade and Investment, and the Environment respectively.

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash has been appointed as the new Minister for Employment, and will oversee any workplace relations reform package which is developed as a result of the current productivity commission review into the current workplace relations framework.

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP now sits as the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science while the Hone Josh Frydenberg MP has taken on the portfolio of Resources, Energy and Northern Australia. Minister Frydenberg has taken a proactive approach to the retention leases for natural gas fields, ensuring that businesses are developing sites for the benefit of the economy, as reported by The West Australian.

Though perhaps the biggest shake up in the Ministry was the appointment of the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP to take over as Assistant Treasurer as well as the portfolio as Minister for Small Business, which was previously held by the Hon Bruce Billson MP. Under her new portfolio the new minister will not be continuing the work done by her predecessor on the proposed changes to competition policy, rather that task will fall to newly minted Treasurer the Hon Scott Morrison MP. This includes a meeting with the leaders of 25 Industry Associations, including ACAPMA, to discuss the proposed alterations to Section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act to include an effects test. To read more click here.

It will take time to see the results of this latest shuffle, however ACAPMA looks forward to working with all members of Government to communicate the message from members.

To find out more about ACAPMA’s policy directives click here, or contact ACAPMA on 1300 160 270.

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