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Delia Lawrie

New Shadow Ministry Announced

Leader of the Opposition, Delia Lawrie, today announced minor changes to the Shadow Ministry following the resounding win in Wanguri.

The newly elected Member for Wanguri, Nicole Manison, will assume responsibility for Public and Affordable Housing and Public Employment – areas that she has specialised in.

“Ms Manison has previously advised at the senior levels of Government on these portfolios, and will certainly hit the ground running,” Ms Lawrie said.

Other changes include:

  • Kon Vatskalis will take responsibility for Defence Support, and the Information, Communications and Technology and Corporate Services shadow portfolios.
  • Michael Gunner takes on Police, Fire and Emergency Services.

Ms Lawrie said she has asked former Air Force reservist Mr Vatskalis to particularly focus on our important Defence community.

“Kon knows what it’s like to serve and understands the issues of our service families who are vitally interested in accessing good quality health care,” Ms Lawrie said.

In addition, it is important to closely scrutinise Government procurement decisions to hold the Government to account – hence the new shadow portfolio of Corporate Services.

Mr Gunner will take on responsibility of Police, Fire and Emergency Services as it is clear the Government’s failed alcohol policy has led to more drunks on the streets.

“The CLP are all over the place with their approach to alcohol, it makes sense to have our Shadow Minister for Alcohol also take on the Police, Fire and Emergency Services portfolio,” Ms Lawrie said.

“Mr Gunner is seeing the effects of the CLP decision to scrap the Banned Drinkers Register in his Fannie Bay and Parap backyard and I have no doubt he’ll take up the fight to save the Humpty Doo fire station and the Palmerston rescue truck with its jaws of life.

“Lynne Walker will focus on the Government’s broken promises in the bush and their failure to deliver on their corrections promises, including no sign of any boot camps or mandatory rehabilitation legislation or facilities.

“The by-election result on the weekend shows voters have faith in Labor taking the fight up to the CLP to hold them to account. This minor portfolio reshuffle brings Ms Manison into Shadow Cabinet,” Ms Lawrie said.



Ms Delia Lawrie

Leader of the Opposition


Major Projects and Economic Development


Mr Gerry McCarthy

Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Regional Development

Infrastructure and Construction

Lands and Planning


Essential Services

Arts and Museums


Mr Kon Vatskalis


Primary Industry and Fisheries

Mines and Energy

Asian Relations and Trade

Defence Support

Information, Communications and Technology

Corporate Services


Ms Lynne Walker

Attorney General and Justice


Indigenous Policy

Local Government


Mr Michael Gunner

Government Accountability


Police, Fire and Emergency Services

Education and Training

Business and Employment

Racing, Gaming and Licensing

Alcohol Policy


Ms Natasha Fyles

Natural Resources, Environment and Heritage

Climate Change

Parks and Wildlife

Child Protection

Children and Families Women’s Policy


Mr Ken Vowles


Sport and Recreation

Senior Territorians

Multicultural Affairs

Young Territorians


Ms Nicole Manison

Public and Affordable Housing

Public Employment

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