Kangaroo Island connections in new SA cabinet reshuffle

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman and now Planning and Local Government minister visits the KICE Parndana campus last month.
Attorney-General Vickie Chapman and now Planning and Local Government minister visits the KICE Parndana campus last month.

Premier Steven Marshall has today announced the makeup of his new ministry, who he says will continue to drive South Australia's recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

There are a number of Kangaroo Island connections in the ministry, first and foremost being Island girl Vickie Chapman adding Planning and Local Government to her existing Attorney-General role.

Minister Corey Wingard, who grew up on KI as a boy, loses the Police and Emergency Services portfolio but has been appointed Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, while retaining Recreation, Sport and Racing.

Member for Finniss, David Basham, who took over from Michael Pengilly when he resigned, is now minister of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

The premier says the new team blended critical experience and stability in key portfolio areas, with talented new members who will bring a fresh perspective, energy, enthusiasm and skillsets to their roles.

"Today I am announcing a team who will provide the necessary stability and experience to continue our important work in keeping South Australians safe and strong during these incredibly challenging times," Mr Marshall said.

"My new cabinet brings together a wealth of experience and expertise in key portfolio areas, with some incredibly talented new Ministers who will add fresh energy, enthusiasm and skills to their roles.

"Together, we will continue to work tirelessly for the people of South Australia on the important work they elected us to do to create jobs, improve services and reduce household and business costs."

Changes to the Ministry include:

  • The Attorney-General will assume the additional responsibility of Planning and Local Government;
  • Minister Corey Wingard will be appointed Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, while retaining Recreation, Sport and Racing;
  • Current Speaker of the House, Vincent Tarzia will join the Cabinet to become the Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services;
  • Member for Finniss, David Basham will be elevated to Cabinet to become the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development;
  • Member for Morphett, Stephen Patterson will also be elevated to Cabinet to become the Minister for Trade and Investment.

Mr Marshall thanked Stephan Knoll, Tim Whetstone and David Ridgway for their services.

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