Premier unveils new cabinet with focus on regional NSW
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced her new cabinet lineup, calling it a combination of “experience and new blood”.
The Premier’s leadership team largely remains the same following the narrow election victory, with Dominic Perrottet remaining as Treasurer.
Andrew Constance has added roads to his transport portfolio and Brad Hazzard stays on health.
A number of new portfolios have been added, with several National MPs given prominent roles after the Coalition lost support in regional areas.
Agriculture and water have been separated into individual portfolios, both taken on by Nats MPs.
Melinda Pavey has been promoted to water after Niall Blair stepped down from the portfolio following mass fish kills in the Murray-Darling river system.
Dedicated ministers have also been appointed for regional transport, regional youth and western NSW.
Some have criticised the Premier for a lack of female representation in the cabinet, as there are now five women holding portfolios as opposed to six before the election.
But Ms Berejiklian has pointed out that half of her parliamentary secretaries are women, and three of six new Liberals to join parliament are women.
“There’s a long way to go but I’m pleased with the progress we’re making,” she says.
Gabrielle Upton and Ray Williams have been dropped from the cabinet after announcing on Saturday they would not seek reappointment.
Gareth Ward, who is legally blind, has become the first person with a disability to hold the portfolio for disability services.
The full NSW cabinet lineup:
Gladys Berejiklian – Premier
John Barilaro – Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW, Industry and Trade
Dominic Perrottet – Treasurer
Paul Toole – Regional Transport and Roads
Don Harwin – Special Minister of State, Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs and the Arts
Andrew Constance – Transport and Roads
Brad Hazzard – Health and Medical Research
Rob Stokes – Planning and Open Spaces
Mark Speakman – Attorney General, Prevention of Domestic Violence
Victor Dominello – Customer Service
Sarah Mitchell – Education and Early Childhood Learning
David Elliott – Police and Emergency Services
Melinda Pavey – Water, Property and Housing
Stuart Ayres – Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney
Matt Kean – Energy and Environment
Adam Marshall – Agriculture and Western NSW
Anthony Roberts – Counter Terrorism and Corrections
Shelley Hancock – Local Government
Kevin Anderson – Better Regulation and Innovation
Geoffrey Lee – Skills and Tertiary Education
John Sidoti – Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans
Bronwyn Taylor – Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women
Gareth Ward – Families, Communities and Disability Services
Damien Tudehope – Finance and Small Business
Parliamentary Office Holders:
Jonathan O’Dea – Speaker
John Ajaka – President of the Legislative Council