Selena Uibo has emerged as the NT’s new Minister for Education after a new Cabinet was sworn in today.
Ms Uibo, who has an office in Katherine, has long experience as a teacher in remote communities.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner has today announced a new Ministry for the NT Government.
It is the first change to the Labor Cabinet since coming to Government in August 2016.
Mr Gunner said the Territory Labor Government was elected on a platform of trust, transparency and stability, after four years of chaos and disunity under the CLP.
“My team is 100% focused on delivering our promises, restoring trust in Government, creating jobs and investing in children and the bush.
“The addition of Arnhem MLA Selena Uibo strengthens our cabinet team.
“It has also allowed us to spread the ministerial workload in a way that will maintain our focus on improving the lives of all Territorians.
“We promised to put children at the centre of Government because we understand that investing in the earliest years of life is key to generational change and a safer and more prosperous community.
“All the long term social and economic challenges facing the Territory require a coordinated government and community focus.
“I have taken on this responsibility as Minister for Children to ensure that we drive this generational change right across Government.
“I will also retain responsibility for Trade and Major Projects, Northern Australia and will also chair the Jobs, Children and Aboriginal Affairs sub committees of cabinet.
“Following the historic signing of the Treaty MOU, I will also take on the new Ministry for Treaty to drive further progress on this crucial reform.
“Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison will continue her outstanding work as Treasurer and will also add the Business and Innovation, and the Police Fire and Emergency Services portfolios giving her responsibility for delivering on our key priorities of creating jobs and a safer community.
“The Attorney General will continue as Minister for Health and Minister for Justice, playing a crucial role in delivering generational change and safer communities.
“Minister McCarthy retains the Housing and Community Development portfolios and gives up the Essential Services portfolio. This will allow even greater focus on delivering on our Government’s massive remote housing agenda, the key to improving the economic and social lives of so many Territorians.
“Minister Vowles adds the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio to his responsibilities for Primary Industry and Resources. As a born and bred Territory indigenous man, Minister Vowles new Ministry complements the work he is currently doing to implement Blue Mud Bay reforms.
“Minister Moss retains the Tourism and Culture, and the Corporate Information Services portfolios and gives up the Environment and Natural Resources portfolios. This frees her up to continue her outstanding work in the Tourism ministry and ensure the continued successful implementation of the record, job creating turbo-charging tourism package.
“Minister Lawler becomes the new Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, and the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning & Logistics. This gives her key responsibilities to drive job creation, economic development and the Government’s crucial environmental reforms.
“Minister Wakefield keeps Territory Families and adds the new portfolio of Renewables and Essential Services to her responsibilities. This gives her a key role in delivering on our key election commitment for cheap, reliable and clean energy while also maintain her central role in delivering generational change.
Selena Uibo picks up the Education portfolio and Workforce Training portfolio.
“Her wealth of knowledge and experience as an award winning remote teacher will continue our focus on fixing schools after four years of CLP cuts.”
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