O'Byrne retains Tasmania infrastructure portfolio

Transport supremo gains science after Giddings takes reins

By Rob McKay | January 18, 2011

The installation of Tasmania’s first female Premier, Lara Giddings, has caused only a minor reshuffle of responsibilities, with the minister in charge of freight transport matters, David O’Byrne, retaining his portfolio.

However, Infrastructure Minister O’Byrne’s responsibilities have become more onerous as he picked up the Science portfolio from former premier David Bartlett.

Bartlett’s decision surfaced through social media at the weekend, however, his passing the baton will not make O’Byrne’s job any easier.

Financial room to manoeuvre likely to be curtailed due to what is expected to be an austerity budget due to the parlous state of of the government’s finances.

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