NSW Labor announces Shadow Cabinet reshuffle
NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has announced a major reshuffle of the Shadow Cabinet, following the preselection of former Deputy Leader Linda Burney as the national branch’s candidate for the federal seat of Barton.
Michael Daley, who recently replaced Ms Burney as Deputy Leader of the NSW Labor Party (and who ran against Mr Foley for the party’s leadership in December 2014), has been demoted from his position as Shadow Treasurer to become Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, and Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing. He has been replaced in the treasury role by Ryan Park, formerly Labor spokesperson for transport. This is despite Mr Foley having promised the planning position to Jodi McKay – who is also regarded as a potential leadership rival – prior to the last state election.
Mr Foley also used the reshuffle as an opportunity to promote a number of female MPs to the Shadow Cabinet, bringing the party’s total to nine.
New, first-term Labor front bench members include:
- Ms Jenny Aitchison MP, Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Shadow Minister for Small Business
- Ms Yasmin Catley MP, Shadow Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation
- Ms Prue Car MP, Shadow Minister for Skills, and Shadow Assistant Minister for Education
- Mr Jihad Dib MP, Shadow Minister for Education
- Mr Chris Minns MP, Shadow Minister for Water
Other Shadow Ministry additions include:
- Ms Jodi McKay MP, now Shadow Minister for Transport and Roads
- The Hon Walt Secord MLC, now Shadow Minister for Health, Shadow Minister for the Arts, and Shadow Minister for the North Coast
- The Hon Lynda Voltz MLC, now Shadow Minister for Sport, and Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
- Mr Guy Zangari MP, now Shadow Minister for Justice and Police, Shadow Minister for Corrections, and Shadow Minister for Emergency Services
The reshuffle brings Labor’s Shadow Cabinet to 22, the same size as the Government’s.