4 Feb 2013

New Australian ministers to be sworn-in

8:29 pm on 4 February 2013

New ministers in the Australian cabinet will be sworn-in by the governor-general in Canberra on Monday.

AAP reports prime minister Julia Gillard reshuffled the cabinet and brought in new members after Senator Chris Evans and Attorney-General Nicola Roxon resigned on Saturday.

Mike Kelly is being appointed minister for defence material.

Chris Bowen will replace Senator Evans as minister for tertiary education, skills, science and research with responsibility for small business.

Mark Dreyfus will replace Ms Roxon as attorney-general and minister for emergency management, relinquishing the role of cabinet secretary to Jason Clare, who retains home affairs and justice.

Brendan O'Connor will become minister for immigration and citizenship and Mark Butler takes on housing and homelessness.

New parliamentary secretaries Yvette D'Ath (climate change and energy efficiency), Kelvin Thompson (trade) and Melissa Parke (mental health, homelessness and social housing) will also be sworn in.