Three new ministers in ACT cabinet as Labor-Greens Government focuses on climate action

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Two of the ACT's new ministers have not yet sat in the Legislative Assembly, and one has been given the relatively senior portfolio of environment.
The ACT's Labor-Greens Government includes three new ministers, two of whom have not yet sat in the Legislative Assembly.

Key points: Shane Rattenbury, who was in Cabinet previously, is the new Attorney-General, the most senior government role held by a Green

Shane Rattenbury, who was in Cabinet previously, is the new Attorney-General, the most senior government role held by a Green All three new ministers are women: Labor's Tara Cheyne and the Greens' Rebecca Vassarroti and Emma Davidson

All three new ministers are women: Labor's Tara Cheyne and the Greens' Rebecca Vassarroti and Emma Davidson Labor members voted to remove former minister Suzanne Orr from the cabinet in favour of Ms Cheyne

Chief Minister Andrew Barr, who will remain Treasurer, unveiled the nine-person cabinet on Tuesday.

He has taken on for himself a new portfolio of "climate action" — the issue at the heart of the parliamentary deal between the two parties.

That deal, struck over the weekend after two weeks of negotiations, included agreement on six Labor and three Greens ministers.

"A key priority in this portfolio will be to commence work on Canberra's big battery — the largest battery-storage system in Australia — as well as the rollout of the sustainable and resilient household scheme, and our climate change adaptation and resilience programs," Mr Barr said.

For the first time, the ACT will have a chief law officer who is not a member of the lead governing party.

Greens leader Shane Rattenbury will be Attorney-General, taking the place of Labor's Gordon Ramsay, who lost his seat at last month's election.

Mr Rattenbury has also been named Gaming Minister and will oversee policies to reduce harmful gambling — another area outlined in the parties' governing agreement.

The other senior ministries remain mostly unchanged — Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry retains the education and housing portfolios; Rachel Stephen-Smith is Minister for Health, Family and Community Services; Mick…
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