Federal Water Minister Penny Wong says her new state counterpart Paul Caica will face a tough time with the water and Murray portfolios.
Mr Caica is the new minister for Water, the River Murray and Environment in Labor’s third-term ministry in South Australia.
Two of the portfolios had been held by Nationals MP Karlene Maywald who lost her seat in the election.
Senator Wong is planning a meeting with Mr Caica.
“It’s a difficult portfolio because we’re in the middle of an enormous change,” she said.
“Until the most recent rains we’ve seen record lows, at the same time we’re managing a major change, a huge adjustment in the Murray-Darling.”
The new SA Agriculture Minister has talked up his credentials for the job, saying he has a better knowledge of the sector than rural Liberal MPs.
Michael O’Brien is now Minister for Forests and Regional Development.
He says his work in the agribusiness sector in the past makes him ideal for the job.
“I believe I’ve got a very well-rounded and deep understanding of the sector and I would say that I would have a better knowledge than probably even members of the Liberal Party that hail from rural electorates,” he said.