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Kim Carr named Industry and Innovation Minister

Following the return of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister, Kim Carr has been named as Industry and Innovation Minister.

As the ABC reports, Carr’s return to the front bench is one of many changes announced by the Prime Minister this morning.

Carr was a supporter of Mr Rudd’s efforts to regain the leadership.

In other changes, former Labor leader Simon Crean will quit politics at the federal election. This will mean the end of his 23 years in Federal Parliament.

Crean joins a long list of senior Labor figures who have decided to not contest the election. Others are Stephen Smith, Craig Emerson, Greg Combet and Peter Garrett.

Bill Shorten has been moved from Employment to Education Minister. He will also keep the Workplace Relations portfolio.

Shorten’s decision to support Rudd was seen as a key to the overthrow of former Prime Minister Gillard, whom he had previously supported.

The new Cabinet will be sworn in by the Governor-General at Government House in Canberra at 2pm (AEST) today.

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