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Ken Wyatt becomes first Indigenous minister under Malcolm Turnbull’s reshuffle

The ABC’s Henry Belot reports on Malcolm Turnbull’s minor reshuffle of his frontbench following former Health Minister Sussan Ley’s resignation. Significantly, the moves have seen the appointment of the nation’s first Indigenous minister, West Australian MP Ken Wyatt.

‘West Australian Aboriginal MP Ken Wyatt will become the first Indigenous person to be promoted to the ministry, as part of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s frontbench reshuffle.

‘Mr Wyatt — who was the first Indigenous Australian elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 — will serve as Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health.

‘The Prime Minister said the Member for Hasluck was an ideal choice for the two portfolios given his experience in the public service.

‘… Mr Wyatt told 730 he did not expect to be promoted to the ministry at such an early stage in his political career.

‘He said he did not believe Indigenous health challenges were intractable and called for a wider approach to health care services.’

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