Chris Bowen appointed as new Small Business Minister

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has just been appointed Federal Small Business Minister, replacing Brendan O'Connor  in a cabinet reshuffle. This adds to Mr Bowen's newly-handed portfolios of higher education, skills, and science and research. Mr O'Connor is now tasked with handling Mr Bowen's old portfolio, immigration.

Announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard on the weekend, this change represents the sixth replacement under the current government and is the fourth small business minister change in the past 14 months.

Peter Strong, Chief Executive of the Council of Small Business of Australia, welcomes the latest change but is concerned that he will be managing two portfolios at once.

"People get disappointed that you see so many small business ministers, but the more people I brief about small business the more get it, Brendan O'Connor remains in cabinet and he gets it, so now we will have two people in cabinet who understand small business," Mr Strong told Smart Company.

"The area of concern is [that] it is a big portfolio he has picked up, with tertiary education as well."

Before taking up the immigration portfolio in 2010, Mr Bowen was the Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation and prior to that, he was Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs. Mr Bowen has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and first entered Parliament in 2004.

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