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New leader promotes women, youth and experience into Shadow Cabinet
28 June 2019
More women in leadership roles, an injection of youth and experience in key portfolios and a focus on crucial issues that matter to all West Australians are central to new Opposition Leader Liza Harvey’s first shadow Cabinet.
And for the first time, a portfolio to tackle homelessness has been created as the real cost of the McGowan Labor Government’s rising household fees and charges takes its toll.
With Bill Marmion already installed as deputy Opposition Leader and Dean Nalder remaining Shadow Treasurer, other key appointments include;
- Dawesville MP Zak Kirkup to the vitally important portfolio of Health;
- Vasse MP Libby Mettam will now become Shadow Transport Minister;
- Carine MP Tony Krsticevic will be WA’s first Shadow Minister for Homelessness, and;
- Darling Range MP Alyssa Hayden has been elevated to Opposition Whip.
Sean L’Estrange has been appointed to the critical role of Corrective Services, while former Leader Mike Nahan has been appointed shadow Minister for Planning and Asian engagement.
Peter Collier remains Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, his deputy Michael Mischin remains Shadow Attorney-General and Donna Faragher retains the Education portfolio.
MLC Tjorn Sibma will become Shadow Minister for Ports and will also focus on government accountability and Public Sector integrity.
“My new team is brimming with real West Australians with real life experiences, not union shop stewards and academics who have come up through union ranks,” Ms Harvey said.
“Homelessness is a scourge on society, and while the Premier might turn his back on those less fortunate, even in his own electorate, we will make sure that it is a top priority for us.
“This is a fantastic team which will take it up to a lacklustre and arrogant Labor Government that has sailed along on the coat-tails of the former administration.
“The only achievements of this Labor Government so far is its ability to cut ribbons and open nation-building projects like stadiums, hospitals and freeways, all legacies of the previous Liberal-National Government.
“Labor is like a dog that finally catches the car; now that it’s in government, it doesn’t know what to do.”