Andrew Barr unveils new ACT cabinet

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Greens leader Shane Rattenbury is the ACT's new Attorney-General, as part of a new look cabinet unveiled by Chief Minister Andrew Barr on Tuesday.
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Greens leader Shane Rattenbury is the ACT's new Attorney-General, as part of a new-look cabinet unveiled by Chief Minister Andrew Barr on Tuesday. Mr Rattenbury will be joined in cabinet by his Greens colleagues Rebecca Vassarotti, who has been handed the environment and heritage portfolios, and Emma Davidson, who is the ACT's new minister for mental health and families and community services. The Greens leader will also be the minister for gaming, and hold responsibility for water, energy and emissions reduction. Mr Rattenbury said he was honoured to take on the role of Attorney-General and said he believed the high-profile ministry was a reflection of the working relationship he had built with the Labor party over eight years in cabinet. Mr Barr agreed to hand the Greens three ministerial positions in his cabinet, as part of the power-sharing agreement which guarantees Labor's hold on power for the next four years. The Greens would work cooperatively with Labor, Mr Rattenbury said. "You will never see me be the John Barilaro of this government, we will agitate for the issues that matter but I think that John has a very unique style, it's not one I am hoping to replicate," he said. The Chief Minister has allocated himself the new climate action portfolio, meaning he'll be in charge of delivering the big battery project promised during the election campaign. Mr Barr said that Labor promise, as well a scheme to deliver interest-free loans for electric appliances, was part of the reason he was taking on the portfolio, which was previously held by Mr Rattenbury. "I had this discussion with Shane and believed that it was appropriate as first minister given the importance of the portfolio and the fact [it included] two signature Labor party commitments... it would be appropriate for me as first minister to deliver," he said. As reported in the The Canberra Times, Suzanne Orr has…
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