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Maywald Minister For The River Murray

The following News Release was issued by the Hon Mike Rann, the Premier of South Australia, on Thursday 22 July 2004:


The Independent National Member for Chaffey, Karlene Maywald, will be sworn in as a Cabinet Minister tomorrow, Premier Mike Rann announced today.

Mrs Maywald will be appointed as Minister for the River Murray, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Small Business and Minister for Consumer Affairs.

"When I was sworn in as Premier I said we would be a Government for all of the people of this State, as well as those who voted for Labor.

"We proved that by appointing a non-Labor MP, Rory McEwen, to the Ministry. By doing so, we brought regional and rural concerns to the Cabinet table.

"There are few issues more important for the future of this State than the health of the River Murray.

"Karlene Maywald, the MP for the Riverland who is passionate about the Murray and an expert on water issues, will add value to both the Ministry and to our fight to save the Murray. Now that both the COAG Agreement on the Murray and the National Water Initiative have been signed, its important to get on with the job of implementation with vigour.

"Her professional background will also make her an outstanding Minister for Small Business and Regional Development.

"Tomorrow we will again demonstrate by actions rather than talk that we are a Government that puts the State's interests before party interests.

"Karlene Maywald has been an outstanding Member of Parliament since she was elected as the Member for Chaffey in October 1997. She is held in high respect by both sides of Parliament in both South Australia and nationally.

"She is very able, intelligent, talented and incredibly energetic and will bring a fresh new approach and new ideas to the Cabinet table.

"That is good for South Australia.

"If her views promote the same level of discussion and debate in Cabinet that Rory McEwen has brought to the table, then that is healthy for democracy and healthy for the State.

"I know that the people of the Riverland and especially Waikerie, where Mrs Maywald lives with her husband Dean and daughter Tilly Rose, will be delighted to have their local Member in a position of greater clout within the Government.

"Now more than ever, our State needs stability and a bi-partisan commitment to its future. That's why we appointed Robert Champion de Crespigny as Chair of the Economic Development Board.

"Today's announcement does not affect the Government's commitment to honour our compact with Speaker Peter Lewis, which also recognised the contribution of our State's regions and rural areas.

"Mrs Maywald's appointment will not require any legislative amendments as the Act currently allows for 15 Members of Cabinet - which still remains the lowest number of Cabinet Ministers of any mainland State Government," Mr Rann said.


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