Victoria’s newest premier Jacinta Allan has unveiled her fresh cabinet days after her predecessor Dan Andrews suddenly stood down nine years into the top job.
Ms Allan was sworn in as 49th premier of Victoria on Wednesday after a tense caucus battle with Ben Carroll, who also put his hand up to lead the Victorian Labor Party.
However, after internal discussions, it was decided Mr Carroll would be deputy premier.
He was officially sworn into his new role on Monday alongside his cabinet colleagues.
Mr Carroll will also be Minister for Education as well as Minister for Medical Research.
Tim Pallas has retained his position as Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations but has also secured the role of Minister for Economic Growth.
Danny Pearson will remain as Assistant Treasurer and Minister for WorkSafe and the TAC (Transport Accident Commission).
He was also given Ms Allan’s former portfolios of transport infrastructure and the suburban rail loop.
Member for Eltham Vicki Ward is the cabinet’s newest face after she was selected to be the Minister for Prevention of Family Violence and Minister for Employment.
Several key portfolios, including planning, police and health, have remained unchanged.
Ms Allan will enter parliament on Tuesday as the second woman to lead the state when the sitting week begins.
Joan Kirner was Victoria’s first female premier in the early 1990s.
Ms Allan was elected to parliament in 1999 and represents the regional city of Bendigo, where she was raised.
The married mother of two has taken on multiple ministerial roles in the Andrews government, including transport and infrastructure, employment and public transport.
Ms Allan was also Commonwealth Games Delivery Minister from June 2022 until July 2023 before Mr Andrews controversially canned the major event due to cost concerns.
She said her policy priorities would be revealed in upcoming days but saw the state’s housing crisis as one of her government’s key challenges.
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