NT Labor has first cabinet reshuffle

Greg Roberts

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has taken greater control over his government by adding the Minister for Children portfolio to his responsibilities in a reshuffle.

Territory Families Minister Dale Wakefield, who is under pressure as she deals with crises in child protection and youth justice, kept her job in the first reshuffle since the government's 2016 election.

Ms Wakefield is implementing royal commission recommendations for the youth justice and child protection systems after the scandal involving physical abuse of teenage inmates at the Don Dale youth detention centre.

However, Mr Gunner will now chair the cabinet subcommittee that deals with all agencies involving children: Territory Families, education, health housing and police.

He will also take on the new Ministry for Treaty, following the recent signing of the memorandum of understanding at Burunga for an NT treaty with indigenous people.

"My team is 100 per cent focused on delivering our promises, restoring trust in government, creating jobs and investing in children and the bush," he said.

Indigenous minister Ken Vowles added Aboriginal Affairs to his Primary Industry and Resources role.

The number of ministers has increased from eight to nine with Aboriginal woman, Arnhem MLA Selena Uibo, 33, taking on the education portfolio.

Opposition Leader Gary Higgins accused Mr Gunner of damaging the economy by giving up the police portfolio and adding it to Treasurer Nicole Manison's responsibilities.