The Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson is cunningly offering legislation to expand the Ministry to a sixth Minister.
Before The backbenchers get too excited it’s worth noting Jeremy’s not doing this out of the goodness of his heart:
“Over the past month we have heard the calls from Katy Gallagher on how over-worked her current Ministers are and the need to expand the Assembly to share portfolio workloads. However, it will be the Canberra Liberals who will introduce a Bill to appoint a sixth minister. This can be done right now with minimal cost,” said Mr Hanson.
“Katy Gallagher has four backbenchers to choose from, including Dr Chris Bourke, who used to be Minister for Education in the previous term.
“If Katy Gallagher does not support this Bill, then it just demonstrates that she has no confidence in her backbenchers and would prefer to spend ACT taxpayer’s money on expanding the Assembly, rather than prioritising that money to improve our justice, health, or transport systems.
We’re pretty sure the current backbench is needed just to get through the committee work.