Baird punishes Hunter, Illawarra, Central Coast, North Coast and Western NSW - by dropping them from Ministry

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Mike Baird’s decision to scrap Ministers for the Hunter, Illawarra, Central Coast, North Coast and Western NSW from his Cabinet today is payback only days after the election.

The decision means that the key regions outside of Sydney will no longer have a voice around the Cabinet table.

Mike Baird has a responsibility to be inclusive and govern for the whole State – including those people who didn’t vote for him. This decision is nothing other than vindictive and spiteful.

Many of these regions recorded large swings against the government on the weekend – leading to the conclusion that the people of the Hunter, Illawarra, Central Coast, North Coast and Western NSW have been punished for expressing their dissatisfaction with the Liberals and Nationals.

The fact that Western Sydney has been retained in the Ministry makes the omission of other regions all the more glaring.

The fact that the Nationals have raised barely a murmur demonstrates their failure to provide a strong voice for regional NSW and stand up to the Liberals.

The people of the Hunter, Illawarra, Central Coast, North Coast and Western NSW should feel very insulted by today’s announcement.

It is vital that these regions have a voice around the Cabinet table – otherwise they will continue to be neglected by this Government.