The Kennett government was re-elected to a second term at elections on March 30, 1996.
The formation of the Liberal-Nationals coalition government was announced on April 2.
From the Office of the Premier of Victoria
Tuesday April 2, 1996
PREMIER ANNOUNCES STREAMLINED CABINET AND DEPARTMENTS
The Premier, Mr. Kennett, today announced a streamlined 18 member Cabinet and a restructuring of Departments to prepare Government for the challenges of the 21st century.
The changes announced today will ensure the efficient delivery of high quality services that are not only readily accessible but meet community expectations and take advantage of technological advancement, the Premier said.
The existing number of Departments will be reduced from 11 to 8 and the size of the Ministry will be reduced from 21 to 18.
The new Ministerial and Departmental structure will deliver to the people of Victoria continued good, responsive government and will further position Victoria as a major player in the delivery of quality government services into the next century.
In selecting a Ministry to take Victoria towards the beginning of the next century I have been conscious of the need to ensure a continuity of experience while at the same time providing a blend of new talent.
The new 18 strong Ministry achieves this objective.
I take this opportunity of thanking those outgoing Ministers who have served the Government and the people of Victoria with great distinction. Bill Baxter, Michael John, Jim Plowman, Geoff Coleman and Roger Pescott have each made significant contributions to what was undoubtedly an outstanding first term Ministerial team. I look forward to their continued contribution as members of Parliament.
I have asked Bill Baxter to undertake responsibility for the proposed renovation and completion of Parliament House. This work will be undertaken by the Parliament House Construction Authority which Mr. Baxter will chair.
It is expected that this work will be completed by 2001. Mr. Baxter will be accorded Ministerial status in undertaking this task.
In addition to the selection of a new 18 person Ministry, Parliamentary Secretaries associated with each of the eight Departments and/or portfolios have also been appointed.
The appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries provide not only Ministers with invaluable assistance in carrying out their portfolio duties, but also enables the provision of an identifiable career structure for Coalition MPs.
The list of appointments to Parliamentary Secretary positions is included in the attached Ministerial listings.
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SECOND KENNETT MINISTRY
Portfolio Minister Department Premier
Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Minister for the Arts
The Hon Jeff Kennett MLA Premier and Cabinet Deputy Premier
Minister for Agriculture and Resources
The Hon Pat McNamara MLA Natural Resources and the Environment Minister for Education The Hon Phil Gude MLA Education Minister for Industry,
Science and Technology
The Hon Mark Birrell MLC State Development Minister for Health and the Aged The Hon Rob Knowles MLC Human Services Treasurer
Minister for Multi-media
The Hon Alan Stockdale MLA Treasury and Finance
Minister for Police and Emergency Services
Minister for Corrections
The Hon Bill McGrath MLA Justice Minister for Finance
Minister for Gaming
The Hon Roger Hallam MLC Treasury and Finance Minister for Small Business
Minister for Tourism
The Hon Louise Asher MLC State Development Minister for Transport The Hon Alan Brown MLA Infrastructure Minister for Roads and Ports The Hon Geoff Craige MLC Infrastructure Minister for Housing (Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs) Mrs Ann Henderson MLA Human Services Minister for Tertiary Education
Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs
Mr Phil Honeywood MLA Education Minister for Planning and for Local Government The Hon Rob Maclellan MLA Infrastructure Minister for Youth and for Community Services Dr Denis Napthine MLA Human Services Minister for Sport
Minister for Rural Development
The Hon Tom Reynolds MLA State Development Minister for Conservation and Land Management The Hon Marie Tehan MLA Natural Resources and the Environment Attorney-General
Minister for Womens Affairs
Minister for Fair Trading
The Hon Jan Wade MLA Justice Parliamentary Secretary to Cabinet The Hon Rosemary Varty MLC Premier and Cabinet Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for the Arts Mrs Lorraine Elliott MLA Premier and Cabinet Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Finance Mr Robert Clark MLA Treasury and Finance Parliamentary Secretary, State Development Mr Barry Steggall MLA State Development Parliamentary Secretary, Education Mr Stephen Elder MLA Education Parliamentary Secretary, Human Services Mr Robert Doyle MLA Human Services Parliamentary Secretary, Natural Resources The Hon Phil Davis MLC Natural Resources and the Environment Parlimentary Secretary, Justice Dr Robert Dean MLA Justice Parliamentary Secretary, Planning The Hon Bruce Atkinson MLC Infrastructure Parliamentary Secretary, Transport, Roads and Ports Mr Robin Cooper MLA Infrastructure
Premier and Cabinet
Treasury and Finance
State Owned Enterprises
Public Sector Industrial Relations
Industry and Employment
Science and Technology
Roads and Ports
Natural Resources and the Environment
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Conservation and Land Management