Liberal Minister Stuart Robert is the new Minister for Employment, Labor, Skills, Small and Family Businesses following a cabinet reshuffle announced yesterday

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Robert would take over Michaelia Cash’s small business portfolio after serving as Secretary of State for Government Services for nearly two years

With Morrison Roberts declaring new role “a critical area for government economic strategy,” here are seven things you need to know about the new Minister for Small Businesses

Stuart Robert is reportedly a close ally of the Prime Minister and their relationship has existed for a number of years

In a press conference on Monday, Scott Morrison praised Roberts’ achievements as Secretary of State for Government Services, saying: “You can count on him to deliver the services Australians rely on”

Australian Small Business and Family Business Ombudsman Bruce Billson has welcomed Robert’s appointment to a role he once held

Billson said he looks forward to working with the minister “to make Australia the best place to start and grow a business”

“Minister Robert has a business background so he has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to own and run a growing business,” Billson said Monday

Robert graduated with a Masters of Business Administration from CQUniversity in 1997 after receiving a Masters of Information Technology from Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts from Australian Defense Force Academy

Before Stuart Robert began his political career in 2013, he was the managing director of GMT Consulting, a management consultancy based in Brisbane

The member for Fadden was previously Assistant Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Human Services, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Assistant Treasurer and Secretary of State for Government Services and the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Most recently, Robert was criticized for his involvement in setting up the controversial Robodebt system while serving as Secretary of State for Government Services. The system miscalculated the debts of thousands of welfare recipients

Robert defended Robodebt until it was found unlawful by Australian courts in 2020 The government was asked to repay $ 721 million in social benefits repaid

In 2018, Robert’s expenses as assistant treasurer came under scrutiny after Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened an investigation into his personal internet bills

Robert had up to 2$ 800 a month in tax dollars used to pay internet bills at his home on the Queensland Gold Coast, according to ABC, he paid nearly 38$ 000 returned to the government

Scott Morrison was asked about Robert’s eligibility for promotion to Secretary of State and said he did an “excellent job” in his previous role

“When someone does a good job he shows that he can take responsibility and get things done for the Australians, “said Morrison in a press conference on Monday

In his new role, Robert is committed to helping the government achieve its key priority to create more jobs

“As Minister for Employment, Labor, Skills, Small and Family Businesses, my priority will be to continue the comeback by building a workforce who can promote Australia’s prosperity,” he said in a statement

“We also need to ensure that the backbone of Australia’s economic prosperity – small and family businesses – have every opportunity to flourish”

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