Joyce to head National's ICT agenda

Parliamentary newcomer to head transport as well

National Party leader John Key today announced the line-up of his new ministry, which will be sworn in on Wednesday morning.

The National-led government’s ministry will "concentrate on boosting economic growth because that is what will lead us out of these challenging times", says Key. “Steven Joyce will become minister of transport, minister for communications and information technology, and associate minister of finance and associate minister for infrastructure. Both he and Mr English will be responsible for driving our plan for the rollout of ultra-fast broadband," Key says. Bill English has been appointed minister for infrastructure, as well as minister of finance and deputy prime minister. Gerry Brownlee will be minister for economic development and minister of energy and resources, as well as leader of the house. Simon Power has been given the state-owned enterprises, commerce, and associate finance portfolios, as well as justice. As previously indicated, Key will take the tourism portfolio. "This cluster of ministers and related portfolios demonstrate that getting the economy going will be front and centre of our priorities in office," says Key. “I am also determined to drive improvements in the delivery of public health services and education standards," he says. Tony Ryall will be minister of health as well as state services, while Anne Tolley will be minister of education and minister for tertiary education. Paula Bennett is the new social development and employment minister. She also picks up responsibility for youth affairs and disability issues. Christopher Finlayson will be the minister responsible for Treaty of Waitangi negotiations, minister for arts, culture and heritage, and attorney-general. Georgina te Heuheu will be minister for courts, Pacific Island affairs, disarmament and arms control, and associate minister of Maori affairs. Lockwood Smith will be nominated as Speaker when Parliament meets in early December, says Key.

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