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.
SHADOW MINISTRY LIST: 19 FEBRUARY 2013
Ms Delia Lawrie
Leader of the Opposition
Major Projects and Economic Development
Mr Gerry McCarthy
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Infrastructure and Construction
Lands and Planning
Arts and Museums
Mr Kon Vatskalis
Primary Industry and Fisheries
Mines and Energy
Asian Relations and Trade
Information, Communications and Technology
Ms Lynne Walker
Attorney General and Justice
Mr Michael Gunner
Police, Fire and Emergency Services
Education and Training
Business and Employment
Racing, Gaming and Licensing
Ms Natasha Fyles
Natural Resources, Environment and Heritage
Parks and Wildlife
Children and Families Women’s Policy
Mr Ken Vowles
Sport and Recreation
Ms Nicole Manison
Public and Affordable Housing