Freight Rail, Passenger Rail

Few changes for rail in new Morrison Cabinet

The line-up of federal ministers relevant to the rail sector has been left largely unchanged, following the re-election of the Liberal-National Coalition and the naming of a new Cabinet by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Morrison on May 26 named his new ministry, eight days after overcoming significant polling deficits to see the Coalition retain Government.

For rail, Nationals leader and deputy PM Michael McCormack returns as the minister for infrastructure, transport and regional development.

McCormack has been infrastructure minister since he replaced Barnaby Joyce as Nationals leader early last year.

Alan Tudge was returned to his role as minister for population, cities and urban infrastructure. The economic team – treasurer Josh Frydenberg and finance minister Mathias Cormann – also retained their posts.

Scott Buchholz has been named an assistant minister specifically for freight transport.

Morrison tasked his new Cabinet to deliver 1.25 million more jobs over the next five years, while maintaining budget surpluses, delivering tax relief, and increasing funding for “schools, hospitals, medicines and roads”.

“My Government’s new Ministry brings together the experience and stability of service in key portfolios, while bringing in new members that will add their own experience, skills and passion to the job ahead,” he said.

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