Australian new PM to unveil new cabinet positions

09:33, June 28, 2010      

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Australia's new Prime Minister Julia Gillard attends a news conference after a leadership ballot at Federal Parliament House in Canberra June 24, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Australia's new Prime Minister Julia Gillard prepares to unveil a new cabinet for the Labor Party, with few changes in the ministry role expected.

Decisions on the shape of the party's new cabinet will be up to Gillard, Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan said on Monday.

According to Australian Associated Press, there has been media speculation that ousted former prime minister Kevin Rudd will be offered a role in cabinet, possibly that of foreign minister.

"I'll leave that decision to the prime minister," Swan told the Fairfax Radio Network in an interview from Toronto where he was attending the G20 leaders meeting.

To make room for Rudd would mean shifting current Foreign Minister Stephen Smith into another position.

"Stephen Smith is an outstanding minister and a good friend of mine as well, but those are all matters for the prime minister," Swan said.

News Ltd, however, speculated on Monday that Rudd would not be in the ministry at the urging of senior Cabinet ministers.

Gillard is expected to announce the minor reshuffle on Monday or Tuesday.

Source: Xinhua


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