The Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson has announced a new shadow cabinet to fill the hole left by Zed’s departure (stop snickering at the back there):
The major portfolios remain in place, with Health staying with Mr Hanson, Education with Steve Doszpot, Brendan Smyth retaining Shadow Treasury while TAMS, Planning and Transport stay with Deputy Leader Alistair Coe. Mr Hanson will pick up Attorney-General responsibilities, as well as Police and Corrective Services, portfolios he held in the last Assembly.
“The rest of the line up has served the Party well for some time, and everyone has performed in their portfolios. There is little reason or requirement for any major change,” Mr Hanson said.
“However, it does give us the opportunity to add and refine our alternate approach.
“We have added Higher Education as a new portfolio area under Treasurer Brendan Smyth to recognise the economic and business importance of that sector.
“Similarly, we have created a stand-alone Small Business portfolio to bring extra focus and attention to that area, under Andrew Wall, himself a veteran small business operator in the ACT. Andrew will also pick up Disability Services.
“Steve Doszpot will gain Family and Community Services while Giulia Jones will retain the Women and Multi Cultural Affairs portfolios.