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    2.8 Assistant Ministers

    Generally, Assistant Ministers are appointed to assist Ministers in prioritising work, to provide a training experience for future Ministers, to facilitate public access to the Executive and to enable the bureaucracy to have an ongoing point of contact so that parliamentary correspondence and other parliamentary administrative issues are neither overlooked nor downgraded.

    An Assistant Ministers cannot:

    • sit as a Minister in Cabinet;
    • breach Cabinet solidarity - although not a member of Cabinet, an Assistant Minister is bound by the collective responsibility of Cabinet;
    • attend a meeting of the Executive Council or sign Executive Council Minutes on behalf of the Minister;
    • perform any duties in the Legislative Assembly on behalf of the Minister including answering questions without notice, presenting Ministerial Statements, tabling documents and introducing legislation; or
    • appear before a Committee of Parliament on behalf of the Minister.

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    Last updated:
    18 May, 2016
    Last reviewed:
    3 October, 2013