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New Australia ministers sworn in after reshuffle

Australia's new-look cabinet took shape after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's first reshuffle, prompted by his defence minister's embarrassing resignation last week.

About 15 new cabinet ministers and parliamentary secretaries were sworn in headed by heavyweight Senator John Faulkner
For the pioneer in Australia, see John Pascoe Fawkner
John Philip Faulkner (born 12 April 1954), has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian Senate since April 1989, representing the state of New South Wales.
, who has been tasked with steadying the defence ministry.

Parliamentary secretary Greg Combet Gregory Ivan Combet AM (born April 28 1958) is an Australian trade unionist and has been Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) since 2000. Combet is married to Petra Hilsen and has one daughter (Anna), one stepdaughter (Clara) and one stepson Yannis Hilsen.  will work under Faulkner on defence personnel, material and science, while Senator Mark Arbib takes over as employment participation minister.

"This reshuffle underlines the government's continued commitment to its core priorities (including) nation-building for recovery ... and getting on with the task of strengthening Australia's security," Rudd said this week.

Brendan O'Connor This article is about the Australian politician. For the Irish journalist and TV personality, see Brendan O'Connor (journalist)

Brendan Patrick O'Connor (born 2 March 1962), Australian politician, has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of
 becomes home affairs minister in place of Bob Debus Robert John "Bob" Debus (born 16 September 1943) is an Australian politician. Before his retirement from NSW Parliament at the 2007 election, he represented the Australian Labor Party in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and held the portfolios of Attorney-General, Minister , who will retire at the next election, and Senator Joe Ludwig Joseph William Ludwig (born 21 July 1959), Australian politician, has been a member of the Australian Senate for the state of Queensland since July 1999, representing the Australian Labor Party.

Ludwig was born in Longreach.
 takes over Faulkner's roles as cabinet secretary and special minister of state.

Sport and Youth Minister Kate Ellis Kate Ellis (born 22 September 1977), Australian politician, was elected to the House of Representatives as member for the Division of Adelaide, South Australia for the Australian Labor Party at the 2004 federal election. She defeated Liberal Party incumbent Trish Worth.  added the early childhood education and childcare and youth portfolios to her brief. Only two women received promotions in the reshuffle, prompting media accusations of gender bias.

Ex-defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon became the 18-month-old government's first casualty last week when he stepped down over a potential conflict-of-interest scandal, the latest in a series of controversies.
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