Knoll takes major role in Marshall Cabinet

Stephan Knoll is sworn in by SA Governor Hieu Van Le at Government House in Adelaide. Photo: AAP/David Mariuz
Stephan Knoll is sworn in by SA Governor Hieu Van Le at Government House in Adelaide. Photo: AAP/David Mariuz

Stephan Knoll has received a significant promotion in Steven Marshall’s new state Cabinet – and will become the Barossa’s first minister in 80 years as a result.

The Marshall Liberal Government’s Cabinet was sworn in at Government House on Thursday afternoon, following an informal meeting of the new Cabinet that morning.

In the folio reshuffle, the Schubert MP – touted as a future leader or treasurer – will relinquish his responsibilities for police and emergency services, and pick up a major portfolio which includes transport and infrastructure, local government, planning and urban development.

The promotion is a significant vote of confidence in the second-term MP from South Australia’s new Premier.

Dan van Holst Pellekaan is sworn in by SA Governor Hieu Van Le at Government House in Adelaide. Photo: AAP/David Mariuz

Dan van Holst Pellekaan is sworn in by SA Governor Hieu Van Le at Government House in Adelaide. Photo: AAP/David Mariuz

As expected, Stuart MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan will continue to oversee the folios he held in Opposition, being mining and energy.

Mr van Holst Pellekaan – also previously singled out as a future party leader – will be responsible for reducing power bills and ensuring SA’s electricity network is secure.

Another ‘young gun’ of the party room, Vincent Tarzia, who held off Nick Xenophon’s bid for the seat of Hartley, has reportedly been rewarded with Speakers’ duties in the new parliament.

The new Cabinet includes:

  • Premier: Steven Marshall (Aboriginal affairs and reconciliation, defence and space industries, arts, veterans affairs, multicultural affairs)
  • Attorney-General: Vickie Chapman (Deputy Premier, justice reform, consumer and business affairs)
  • Treasurer: Rob Lucas (industrial relations, public sector, finance)
  • Industry and Skills Minister: David Pisoni (employment, manufacturing and innovation, automotive transformation, science and information economy, state development, small business)
  • Education Minister: John Gardner (education and child development, higher education and skills)
  • Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister: David Ridgway (health industries, tourism, investment and trade)
  • Human Services Minister:  Michelle Lensink (sommunities and social inclusion, social housing, status of women, youth, volunteers, disabilities)
  • Child Protection Minister: Rachel Sanderson (child protection reform)
  • Health and Wellbeing Minister: Stephen Wade (health, ageing, mental health and substance abuse)
  • Environment and Water Minister: David Speirs (sustainability, environment and conservation, water, the River Murray, climate change)
  • Transport, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Minister: Stephan Knoll (transport and infrastructure, housing and urban development, city of Adelaide, local government)
  • Energy and Mining Minister: Dan van Holst Pellekaan (mineral resources and energy)
  • Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister: Tim Whetstone (agriculture, food, fisheries, forests, regional development)
  • Police, Emergency Services, Corrections, Sport and Racing Minister: Corey Wingard (police, correctional services, emergency services, road safety, recreation and sport, racing)