Jacinta Allan Steps Up as Victoria’s Premier, Announces Updated Cabinet

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In a remarkable change of command, Jacinta Allan, Victoria’s newest premier, has recently announced her updated cabinet. This comes in the wake of the abrupt departure of her predecessor, Dan Andrews, who stepped down from his nine-year reign as premier.

Having braved a heated caucus conflict, Ms Allan assumed her position as the 49th premier of Victoria on Wednesday. Simultaneously, Ben Carroll, a fellow contender in the leadership battle for the Victorian Labor Party, was chosen for the role of deputy premier following internal deliberations.

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The official ennoblement ceremony of Mr. Carroll took place on Monday, witnessed by his cabinet colleagues. Along with his primary role, he will spearhead the Ministry of Education and Medical Research.

Tim Pallas continues to dominate the Treasury and the Ministry of Industrial Relations, and remarkably also scored the role of Minister for Economic Growth. Concurrently, Danny Pearson will maintain his designation as Assistant Treasurer, Minister for WorkSafe, and the TAC (Transport Accident Commission), while absorbing Ms. Allan’s previous portfolios related to transport infrastructure and the suburban rail loop.

In an exciting addition, Vicki Ward, the representative for Eltham, joins the cabinet and has been appointed as the Minister for Prevention of Family Violence and Minister for Employment. Notably, several key areas of governance, such as planning, police, and health departments, will see retained leadership.

Ms. Allan is all set to enter the parliamentary hallways on Tuesday, achieving the distinguished honor of being the second woman to lead the state as the legislative week commences. This monumental feat was achieved once before by Joan Kirner, Victoria’s pioneer female premier during the early 1990s.

Ms. Allan, who has represented the regional city of Bendigo since 1999, is no stranger to service and contribution. She has don multiple hats, serving the Andrews government in various ministerial capacities, including transport, infrastructure, employment, and public transport. Additionally, she oversaw the Commonwealth Games Delivery as its Minister from June 2022 until July 2023 until it was controversially cancelled due to budgetary constraints.

Though she plans to unveil her policy priorities shortly, Ms. Allan acknowledges the pressing state housing crisis and considers it a significant challenge for her administration.