Premier Berejiklian shakes up Cabinet; adds seven new faces

Queanbeyan, New South Wales is often associated with national politics as the centre of the Federal bellwether electorate of Eden-Monaro, but today it became the focus of NSW politics as the venue for Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s Cabinet announcement.

It was hard not to look at the politics of both the announcement location and the Cabinet make up in a week where the Premier was required to reassure an agitated National Party about its role in the State Government, and reward her supporters, who helped secure her premiership. After a rocky ride for the Government of late, the Premier has placed her stamp on the Cabinet with a significant shake-up.

Seven fresh faces have been installed in the Cabinet with a strong emphasis on maintaining the harmony of the Coalition agreement. Along with Melinda Pavey (Roads, Maritime and Freight), Sarah Mitchell (Childhood Education and Aboriginal Affairs), Adam Marshall (Tourism and Major Events), Donald Harwin (Resources, Energy and Utilities, and Arts), Matt Kean (Innovation and Better Regulation), Tanya Davies (Mental Health, Women and Ageing), Ray Williams (Multiculturalism and Disability Services) all join a 23-strong Cabinet.

For the first time since the Coalition was elected into Government in 2011, the Premier will not hold a portfolio – and importantly has handed off the portfolio of Minister for Western Sydney, to Penrith MP Stuart Ayres. Deputy Premier John Barilaro retains Skills and Small Business and, importantly for the National Party rebuilding after a horror byelection in Orange, Regional New South Wales.

The spotlight is on the Premier’s priorities of affordable housing, local roads, and education with crucial member of the Right faction, Anthony Roberts, gaining Planning and Housing, Rob Stokes holding Education, and the Nationals’ Melinda Pavey promoted to Roads, Maritime and Freight. With the economic portfolios crucial, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, Dominic Perrottet gains Treasury and will work with one of the reshuffle’s winners, Victor Dominello, in the Finance portfolio.

Brad Hazzard moves into the Health portfolio and will be replaced by Pru Goward who returns to her former portfolio of Family and Community Services, as well as Social Housing and Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Niall Blair has been promoted to Primary Industries, and Trade and Industry, while Andrew Constance and former National’s Leader Troy Grant are two of the few ministers to stay put – Transport and Infrastructure and Police and Emergency Services respectively. Grant will work with David Elliott who is responsible for the new Counter Terrorism portfolio as well as Corrections.

Once again, Gabrielle Upton has been moved in a straight swap – this time with Mark Speakman. Speakman picks up Attorney General leaving Upton with environment, as well as the challenging and potentially poisoned chalice of the local government portfolio. With the Nationals walking away from the local government amalgamations, it was untenable for Paul Toole to continue holding this role. He has moved to an equally contentious portfolio of Racing in the wake of the Government’s reversal on the greyhound racing ban.

Importantly, Berejiklian’s first Cabinet is one of renewal. The Government has lost 24 years of ministry experience with the exits of Jillian Skinner (Health), Adrian Piccoli (Education), and Duncan Gay (Roads) amongst others. A number of byelections will be held and these will test the newly installed Premier and her team.

The Cabinet will be sworn in on Monday afternoon.

The Cabinet
• Gladys Berejiklian MP
Premier
• John Barilaro MP
Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional New South Wales, Minister for Skills, and Minister for Small Business
• Dominic Perrottet MP
Treasurer, and Minister for Industrial Relations
• Niall Blair MLC
Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water, and Minister for Trade and Industry
• Donald Harwin MLC
Minister for Resources, Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for the Arts
• Anthony Roberts MP
Minister for Planning, Minister for Housing, and Special Minister of State
• Andrew Constance MP
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure
• Brad Hazzard MP
Minister for Health, and Minister for Medical Research
• Rob Stokes MP
Minister for Education
• Mark Speakman SC MP
Attorney General
• Troy Grant MP
Minister for Police, and Minister for Emergency Services
• Victor Dominello MP
Minister for Finance, Services and Property
• Pru Goward MP
Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
• Paul Toole MP
Minister for Lands and Forestry, and Minister for Racing
• David Elliott MP
Minister for Counter Terrorism, Minister for Corrections, and Minister for Veterans Affairs
• Gabrielle Upton MP
Minister for the Environment, Minister for Local Government, and Minister for Heritage
• Stuart Ayres MP
Minister for Western Sydney, Minister for WestConnex, and Minister for Sport
• Melinda Pavey MP
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
• Matt Kean MP
Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation
• Adam Marshall MP
Minister for Tourism and Major Events, and Assistant Minister for Skills
• Tanya Davies MP
Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Women, and Minister for Ageing
• Sarah Mitchell MLC
Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Assistant
Minister for Education
• Ray Williams MP
Minister for Multiculturalism, and Minister for Disability Services

The Parliamentary Secretaries
• Kevin Anderson MP
Secretary for Regional Roads and Transport
• David Clarke MLC
Parliamentary Secretary for Justice
• Richard Colless MLC
Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources and Western NSW
• Mark Coure MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure
• Catherine Cusack MLC
Parliamentary Secretary for Education and the Hunter
• Scott Farlow MLC
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier (Leader of the House) in the Legislative Council
• Benjamin Franklin MLC
Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy and Northern NSW
• Christopher Gulaptis MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Planning
• Alister Henskens SC MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Finance, Services and Property
• Dr Geoffrey Lee MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Western Sydney and Multiculturalism
• Scot MacDonald MLC
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Central Coast
• Daryl Maguire MP
Parliamentary Secretary for the Centenary of ANZAC, Counter Terrorism, Corrections and Veterans
• Jonathan O’Dea MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Treasurer
• Anthony Sidoti MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Cabinet
• Bronwyn Taylor MLC
Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier and Southern NSW
• Gareth Ward MP
Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast
• Leslie Williams MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health

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