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The Liberal Shadow Ministry

By 26 November 2012 17

The Liberals’ Zed Seselja has announced his shadow cabinet utilising all seven of his available member with Vicki Dunne in the Speaker’s chair:

“This Shadow Cabinet takes a different approach than we have before, and introduces a range of new portfolios, new ideas and new ways of addressing the needs of the Territory. This new Shadow Cabinet will demonstrate our commitment to addressing the things that really matter to Canberrans,” said Mr Seselja.

“First and foremost is the issue of Cost of Living. I have created a new portfolio specifically dedicated to making Cost of Living a number one focus for our team. It’s is a new portfolio and one I will be taking carriage of personally.”

“Another new portfolio is Utilities. Water and energy costs and management are just as important as water and energy provision and sustainability, and I will be personally taking on this crucial aspect of our new cabinet.

“I will also be taking on the Shadow Attorney General portfolio, and grouping that with related areas like Police, Corrections, Emergency Services and Industrial Relations. These are all related areas and it makes managerial sense to have them grouped together.”

“My Deputy Brendan Smyth retains the Treasury portfolio but we have added a new area of Economic Diversification that Brendan has championed for many years. He will also pick up Environment and the Arts to add to Business, Tourism, Gambling and Racing.

“Alistair Coe has been an excellent TAMS Shadow and now picks up Planning and Infrastructure as well as Transport to bring all transport infrastructure into one area. The importance of getting our roads right remains an important focus for the Canberra Liberals and Alistair will be the perfect person to champion this cause. Alistair will also be the Liberal party Whip.

“Jeremy Hanson retains Health and Veterans Affairs, but will pick up Family and Community Services, Housing and Disability Services. The community sector have long called for this alignment and we believe it makes sense. After performing so strongly in Health these other areas would benefit from his discipline and integrity.

“Steve Doszpot retains the important Education portfolio but picks up another new portfolio for the Canberra Liberals – ICT. ICT is a massively important area in our city and deserves better than the current arrangements. Steve’s background in the IT industry will serve the community well in this area. Steve picks up Ageing and retains Sport and Recreation.

“We welcome our two newest members into Shadow Cabinet. Giulia Jones will be Shadow Minister for Women and Multicultural Affairs, and Andrew Wall will be Shadow Minister for Youth and Indigenous Affairs.

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17 Responses to The Liberal Shadow Ministry
#1
Gobbo1:32 pm, 26 Nov 12

Seven Shadow Ministers up against five Ministers.

Hmmmm.

#2
cmdwedge1:47 pm, 26 Nov 12

No passengers, it would seem. Good stuff.

#3
NoImRight1:53 pm, 26 Nov 12

Minister for Cost of Living and Pandering to Popular Misconceptions.

#4
Diggety2:04 pm, 26 Nov 12

I like the arrangement.

Especially the cost of living portfolio being tied to utilities, if he added in housing and economic diversification it would sound like he’s got his head around it very well.

#5
King_of_the_Muppets2:43 pm, 26 Nov 12

NoImRight said :

Minister for Cost of Living and Pandering to Popular Misconceptions.

No doubt

#6
schmeah2:48 pm, 26 Nov 12

Funniest thing I’ve seen all day.

.. bring me some popcorn and fizzy drinks!

#7
pepmeup4:31 pm, 26 Nov 12

I hope shadow ministers dont get any extra pay! does anyone know if they do?

#8
NoImRight4:54 pm, 26 Nov 12

pepmeup said :

I hope shadow ministers dont get any extra pay! does anyone know if they do?

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of man?

#9
Frustrated9:19 pm, 26 Nov 12

Who are the dills who keep voting for this Alistair Coe?

1st time was bad enough, but to be returned for a 2nd go.

#10
Chop719:59 am, 27 Nov 12

No shadow minister for light rail or shadow minister for the high speed train (Canberra / Sydney 2nd airport) ?

/remove tongue.

#11
switch11:34 am, 27 Nov 12

Chop71 said :

No shadow minister for light rail or shadow minister for the high speed train (Canberra / Sydney 2nd airport) ?

Maybe the one who got left out of the Seven can do all that.

#12
Mr Evil12:41 pm, 27 Nov 12

Where’s the shadow-minister for “All Singing from the Same Song Sheet and Not Stuffing Things Up”?

#13
Mr Evil12:42 pm, 27 Nov 12

Frustrated said :

Who are the dills who keep voting for this Alistair Coe?

1st time was bad enough, but to be returned for a 2nd go.

Well, the electorate keep giving Brendan Smurf a go, so why not give Pitt-the-Younger a go too?

#14
DrKoresh12:45 pm, 28 Nov 12

“My Deputy Brendan Smyth retains the Treasury portfolio but we have added a new area of Economic Diversification that Brendan has championed for many years. He will also pick up Environment and the Arts to add to Business, Tourism, Gambling and Racing.

Does anyone else see a the potential for quite a problematic conflict of interest here?

#15
cmdwedge3:52 pm, 28 Nov 12

DrKoresh said :

“My Deputy Brendan Smyth retains the Treasury portfolio but we have added a new area of Economic Diversification that Brendan has championed for many years. He will also pick up Environment and the Arts to add to Business, Tourism, Gambling and Racing.

Does anyone else see a the potential for quite a problematic conflict of interest here?

No mate, it’s just you.

#16
housebound4:30 pm, 28 Nov 12

cmdwedge said :

DrKoresh said :

“My Deputy Brendan Smyth retains the Treasury portfolio but we have added a new area of Economic Diversification that Brendan has championed for many years. He will also pick up Environment and the Arts to add to Business, Tourism, Gambling and Racing.

Does anyone else see a the potential for quite a problematic conflict of interest here?

No mate, it’s just you.

I think Barr had gambling and treasury together. It worked for Labor then, so why not the Libs now?

#17
DrKoresh12:52 am, 29 Nov 12

housebound said :

cmdwedge said :

DrKoresh said :

“My Deputy Brendan Smyth retains the Treasury portfolio but we have added a new area of Economic Diversification that Brendan has championed for many years. He will also pick up Environment and the Arts to add to Business, Tourism, Gambling and Racing.

Does anyone else see a the potential for quite a problematic conflict of interest here?

No mate, it’s just you.

I think Barr had gambling and treasury together. It worked for Labor then, so why not the Libs now?

I was more thinking along the lines of Business and the Environment, which often have conflicting interests. T3h gambling and treasury link is admittedly far more amusing, but considering the government gets a cut of the gambling revenue it’s less contradictory.

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