Australian new cabinet to impact on future climate, defense and foreign policy

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Saturday announced Labor Government's new-look Cabinet in Melbourne, which will impact on future climate, defense and foreign policy the most.

Former foreign affairs minister Stephen Smith has moved aside to allow Gillard to fulfill her promise to Rudd, the man she deposed as prime minister and Labor leader.

Rudd said it is a great honor to be Foreign Minister and that he can work with Gillard even though she replaced him as Prime Minister.

"There are national interests in this country which extend far beyond the personal interests of any individual; that applies to me as well," Rudd told reporters in Canberra on Saturday after the announcement.

However, Deputy Liberal Leader Julie Bishop said Gillard should not have appointed Rudd to Foreign Affairs.

"The leader that was sacked by his own party because he led the Government off course and caused the Government to lose its way is now expected to navigate Australia through our foreign policies," Bishop said.

Rudd, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Jeff Bleich, used his first public appearance since being appointed foreign minister, to tip a closer relation between Australia and United States in the future.

"The cornerstone of Australia's foreign policy and security policy is our alliance with our great friends and partners in the United States," Rudd told reporters in Canberra.


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