Former ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson has lost the senior Shadow Health portfolio to former Speaker Vicki Dunne and all 11 MLAs have picked up responsibilities in Alistair Coe’s allocation of Shadow portfolios for the 9th ACT Legislative Assembly.
Mr Coe said he very confident that the 11 members of the Canberra Liberals team were capable of stepping up to Shadow Cabinet.
“More importantly, this gives us reach into the community. We have 11 people that will be advocates for this portfolio space, making sure we have the policy settings right,” he said.
“We’re going to be a collaborative opposition, we’re going to work with the community, we’re going to have conversations with the community.”
He said it was a team that could match Labor, “and then some”, but did not commit to taking the same shadow portfolio structure to the next election.
“I’m not wedded to having the same portfolios for four years, we’ve got to make sure we’re an effective team,” Mr Coe said.
Mr Hanson stays on as Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs.
He says he will continue to scrutinise the Government’s legislative agenda.
“But also as many people will be aware there are a range of probity issues and integrity issues surrounding the Labor-Greens Government and I’ll be digging into that,” the former party leader said.
“There is talk of establishing an ICAC, I’ll hold the Government to account on that and make sure it’s got teeth, make sure it would look at some of the issues of the former Brumbies site, dealings with the CFMEU, some allocations of funding to UnionsACT, issues like that that are currently under investigation by the police and by the Auditor-General I think need to be referred onto an ICAC that can actually investigate and find out what’s been going on in this city.”
He said he thought the decision to give Health to Mrs Dunne was the right one.
“I think that’s the right call, I’ve been doing Shadow Minister for Health now for eight years, I think that’s long enough and I think Vicki Dunne’s an excellent replacement there to bring fresh eyes,” he said.
“And as Vicki said, she’s got real experience as a healthcare consumer and I think that will bring a new look to that portfolio so I think it’s a good move.”
Andrew Wall will replace Steve Doszpot as Shadow Minister for Education and retain his shadow portfolio of Industrial Relations. He will also be spokesman on Local Business and Tourism.
Mr Doszpot picks up the Shadow portfolio of Urban Services and retains responsibility for ICT and Seniors.
Mr Coe will stay on as Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Transport and go head to head with the Chief Minister in Economic Development.
His deputy, Nicole Lawder, takes on the Shadow Planning, Infrastructure and Heritage portfolios.
Giulia Jones adds Police to her previous shadow portfolio of Emergency Services and stays on as Shadow Minister for Women.
In addition to her role as the Opposition’s Health spokesperson, Mrs Dunne will serve as Shadow Minister for the Arts.
The former Speaker said she was pleased to be returning to a policy role, as while having enjoyed her time as Speaker, she had missed being part of policy formation during the last Assembly.
“I am a bit of a policy wonk, so I do enjoy the prospect of getting back into that space,” Mrs Dunne said.
Of the new MLAs, Elizabeth Lee will be Shadow Minister for the Environment and Shadow Minister for Disability.
Elizabeth Kikkert will be spokesperson for Families, Youth and Community Services as well as Multicultural Affairs.
Mark Parton will become Shadow Minister for Housing and Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing.
James Milligan takes on Indigenous Affairs and Sport and Recreation.