It is an honour to have been asked to serve in the Turnbull-Truss Coalition Government as Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
It was under the Coalition that Indigenous Affairs was placed at the heart of government, including as a stand-alone ministry within Cabinet for the first time.
My priority now is to implement the changes we have made to improve the management and reduce the bureaucracy in Indigenous Affairs.
We have laid the foundation to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities – we need to keep on the path though if we are to see this change realised.
I look forward to being able to continue the progress this Government has made getting children to school, more adults into work and ensuring communities are safe.
I also welcome the appointment of Ken Wyatt, Australia’s first Indigenous Commonwealth Government frontbencher taking up the role of Assistant Minister for Health.
As the Prime Minister has stated, the Coalition will be a government of innovation and this will continue to be the case in Indigenous Affairs.
We need to use the best methods, practices and technologies if we are going to transform Indigenous programmes and policies to deliver better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
I thank the Prime Minister for the opportunity to work with him on this great challenge.
I look forward to continuing to spend time with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the country as I bring Indigenous people with me on this important endeavour.
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