The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon. David Coleman has requested and been provided with leave of absence for personal reasons.
Minister Coleman is an incredibly valued member of our team and has been doing an outstanding job. I look forward to him to returning to his Ministerial role when he is in a position to do so.
I have appointed the Hon. Alan Tudge to take on Mr Coleman’s ministerial responsibilities in an acting capacity effective immediately until such time as Mr Coleman is in a position to return. Mr Coleman will continue to perform his local responsibilities as Member for Banks.
Mr Tudge has previous experience in this portfolio area in Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs and will continue with his current responsibilities as Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure.
To assist Minister Tudge I have tasked the Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien to lead the Government’s negotiations in relation to the South East Queensland City Deal. This new responsibility will complement his existing role representing the Australian Government in relation to the 2032 South East Queensland Olympics and Paralympics.
Minister Tudge will also be supported in his new responsibilities by Assistant Ministers Wood, Gee and Morton.