Yvette Berry Elected to the ACT Government Ministry

Ginninderra representative Yvette Berry will become the ACT Government's newest minister after being elected by the Labor caucus on Monday.


Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced Ms Berry's elevation to the cabinet after the vote, ahead of an expected reshuffle of portfolios to be unveiled on Tuesday. 

The pair will hold a press conference in Higgins later today, six weeks after Mr Barr took over from Katy Gallagher who resigned ahead of a planned move to the Senate.

Last week former Barr staffer Meegan Fitzharris was elected to fill the Legislative Assembly vacancy created by Ms Gallagher's resignation. 

A former hospitality worker and union representative, Ms Berry aligned with the Labor left and worked as an organiser for union United Voice.

Ms Berry, a West Belconnen resident and mother-of-two, was elected to the Assembly in 2012. The 46-year-old joins Education Minister Joy Burch as the second female frontbench member. 

She has served as Labor caucus secretary since 2012. 

Ms Berry's father Wayne Berry is a former Assembly member, elected to the first Legislative Assembly under self-government in 1989.

Mr Berry served as deputy chief minister in the early 1990s and as opposition leader from 1997 until 1998. 

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