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Ferguson returns to transport portfolio in new Labor line-up

<p>Martin Ferguson has been reinstated as the shadow minister for transport, roads and tourism in Labor’s new-look line up, replacing senator Kerry O’Brien, who has been dumped from the front bench.</p> <p>Mr Ferguson was shadow transport and infrastructure minister between 1999 and 2004 before moving to the primary industries, resources and tourism.</p> <p>Anthony Albanese has been appointed shadow minister for water and infrastructure.</p> <p>Deputy Labor leader Julia Gillard will head up a new portfolio of employment and industrial relations, and social inclusion, while star recruit Peter Garrett will take on the role of shadow minister for climate change, environment and heritage. Mr Garrett will maintain responsibility for the arts. </p> <p>Labor’s Senate leader, Chris Evans, has been appointed shadow minister for national development, resources and energy, while Simon Crean will take on the trade portfolio. </p> <p>Kim Carr, the new shadow minister for industry, innovation, science and research, will lead Labor’s &#8220new approach&#8221 to industry and manufacturing policy.</p> <p>Labor leader Kevin Rudd said the new-look line-up reflected the strong policy agenda he intended to take forward to the Australian public. </p> <p>&#8220The Australian people will now have a clear choice,&#8221 he said.</p> <br />