Transport hidden in ministry


Tasmania’s new cabinet has been sworn in with public transport absorbed into infrastructure

The first Liberal Government for Tasmania in 16 years has been sworn in, although public transport will be absorbed into other portfolios.

Under the new government, there is a Cabinet of nine ministers supported by two Parliamentary Secretaries.

The number of individual ministries will total just 24, down from 31 under Labor and the Greens.

The Liberal Government will also create independent advisory body Infrastructure Tasmania.

The functions of the previous Ministry of Sustainable Transport will be absorbed into a Ministry for Infrastructure.

The Infrastructure Ministry goes to Rene Hidding, who will also be Minister for Police and Emergency Management

Premier Will Hodgman says the team is a mix of experienced, hard-working MPs with a wide variety of backgrounds and real-life experiences.

"This will make it clear who is the responsible Minister, and make it far easier for individuals and businesses in their dealings with the Government," he says.

Hodgman says Hidding will oversee the creation of new independent advisory body, Infrastructure Tasmania.

As well as Premier, Hodgman will take on the roles of Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events, Sport and Recreation, and Aboriginal Affairs.

The new government was due to be sworn in this week.

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