Parliament saw several major ministerial changes on Friday 24 August, with a leadership spill not only leading to a change in Prime Minister, but also significant ministerial changes for the infrastructure industry.
The leadership challenge followed concern and debate over energy policy in Parliament during the week leading up to the spill, after which the newly appointed Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, announced his cabinet.
Most critically for the infrastructure industry, Mr Morrison announced that Michael McCormack will remain in his role as both the Deputy Prime Minister as well as Minister for for Infrastructure and Transport.
After offering his resignation, which was not accepted by the now former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, Alan Tudge will move on from his role as Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, and has been appointed as the new Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population.
In a post via his Twitter account, Mr Tudge expressed gratitude and excitement for the new appointment.
“Honoured to be appointed Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population in the new Morrison ministry. I look forward to my new congestion-busting role,” Mr Tudge said.
With the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) expected to significantly impact energy infrastructure, the announcement that Angus Taylor has replaced Josh Frydenberg as Energy Minister comes at a critical time for the industry.
The Australian Energy Council’s Chief Executive, Sarah McNamara, commented that the new Energy Minister will no doubt face a range of pressures and that the NEG must remain a top priority.
“It is vital that industry has the necessary framework to deliver affordable and reliable power, while we continue to manage an energy market in transition,” Ms McNamara said.