The Prime Minister has made a number of changes to the Ministry that he took to the recent election, but overall the frontbench resembles one of consistency and continuity. While the new Administrative Arrangements Order is out, it is still unclear how the various responsibilities will be split between principal ministers and their assistant minister. The portfolios of most direct influence on areas of AADA interest include the following:
The Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack retains the Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development portfolio. As such he will continue carriage of the implementation of the Road Vehicle Standards Act, although this is likely to be the operational responsibility of Andrew Gee as Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister.
Karen Andrews remains as Minister for Industry Science and Technology, with the ongoing responsibility to develop a mandatory Automotive Industry Code.
Simon Birmingham, as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment will be instrumental in the negotiations surrounding a potential free trade agreement with the European Union. If concluded, this agreement is expected to signal the end of Vehicle Import Tariffs and may also result in the abolishing of the LCT, a revenue measure that is widely seen as a non-tariff barrier to trade.
Michael Sukkar returns to the Ministry as Assistant Treasurer. The AADA has had a very successful relationship with Minister Sukkar in the past, and we look forward to working with him on issues relating to mandatory sharing of Service and Repair information.
Jane Hume has been appointed as the Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology. As part of her Financial Services responsibility she is likely to be responsible for the implementation of the recommendations of the Financial Services Royal Commission, including the abolition of the Point of Sale Exemption.
Angus Taylor returns as Minister for Energy, with the added responsibility for emissions reduction. We have worked closely with Minister Taylor in the past and look forward to doing so again throughout this Parliament, particularly on issues relating to vehicle emission and electric vehicles.
Michaelia Cash has been allocated the enlarged portfolio of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business. We look forward to working with her and her office on the outcomes of the recent parliamentary inquiry into franchising.
The Shadow Ministry led by newly appointed Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese is yet to be revealed. Nevertheless, there are already indications of significant changes to the economic team within the Opposition ranks.