Michael Daley has been taken off the Treasury portfolio and instead given the planning and infrastructure and gaming and racing portfolios. Photo: Cole Bennetts Linda Burney, pictured with Bill Shorten, has moved out of the shadow cabinet to contest the seat of Barton at this year’s federal election. Photo: Nick Moir
Deputy NSW Labor leader set to make history
Newly appointed NSW Labor deputy leader Michael Daley has been dumped from the prestigious Treasury portfolio in a reshuffle sparked by former deputy Linda Burney’s bid to enter Federal Parliament.
Keira MP Ryan Park – regarded as one of Labor’s best performers – has been rewarded with the Treasury portfolio.
Opposition Leader Luke Foley has instead handed Mr Daley – widely regarded as a leadership rival – the portfolios of planning and infrastructure and gaming and racing.
Another stand-out performer, Strathfield MP Jodi McKay, adds Mr Ryan’s key former portfolio of transport to her roads responsibilities.
Mr Foley has also promoted Lakemba MP and former high school principal Jihad Dib to his shadow cabinet in the reshuffle, which increases the number of women on the opposition frontbench to a record nine.
Mr Dib, a first-term MP and former principal at Punchbowl Boys High School, takes the education portfolio from Ms Burney, who moves out of shadow cabinet to contest the seat of Barton at this year’s federal election.
Four other MPs who entered Parliament at the 2015 election have been brought on to the frontbench.
Londonderry MP Prue Car will take on skills and assistant education, while Swansea MP Yasmin Catley gets innovation and better regulation.
Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison takes on prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as small business. Kogarah MP Chris Minns becomes water spokesman.
Former soldier Lynda Voltz comes on to the frontbench with responsibility for sport and veterans affairs. Walt Secord adds arts to his existing responsibilities for health and the north coast.
Mr Foley said the reshuffle “refreshes the frontbench and brings a truckload of tenacity, talent and energy”.
“This is an energised and refreshed Labor team determined to highlight the failures of this government and present a positive alternative to the people of NSW,” he said.
“I am proud to have nine talented women in shadow cabinet who will all be ministers in the next Labor government.”
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