Mill heads up fresh cabinet meeting

LEGISLATION to reinforce the legal approval of the proposed Tamar Valley pulp mill was on the agenda in the first meeting of the new Tasmanian cabinet this morning.

New Human Services Minister Rebecca White joined cabinet for the first time, while new Corrections Minister and Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Council, Craig Farrell, sat through his first meeting with a ministerial portfolio.

It was also the first meeting in a new role for Attorney-General Brian Wightman, who added education to his list of portfolios alongside environment and heritage.

Premier Lara Giddings appointed the new ministers last week after sacking Greens ministers Nick McKim and Cassy O'Conner, in preparation for the March 15 election.

Ms White's appointment means every Labor member, except Braddon MHA Brenton Best and Denison MHA Graeme Sturges, is a member of cabinet.

Ms Giddings said the ministry today would remain in place if Labor won the election.

Cabinet was expected to discuss proposed ``doubt removal'' legislation, which is intended to give confidence to potential investors in the Gunns pulp mill project.

Parliament has been recalled to consider the election on January 28. 

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