Statement on Labor Shadow Cabinet

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Today I announce my Shadow Cabinet team that I will take to the March State Election. It will include Jodi McKay, Labor’s Candidate for Strathfield, as Shadow Minister for Planning.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has alerted us to the extreme corruption risk in the planning portfolio, with billions of dollars at stake.

Jodi McKay has been shown to be incorruptible – and a person of the highest integrity.

Jodi is exactly the type of person we want in politics – and the perfect person to run this state’s planning system.

This is a new approach to select a Shadow Minister from outside the Parliament – but I have full confidence in Jodi McKay as an outstanding candidate with previous experience as a Minister in government and executive in the NGO sector.

As Leader, I will take on the portfolios of Infrastructure, Environment and Western Sydney.

I said when I became Labor Leader that the creation of jobs in our suburbs, delivering the schools and hospitals we need to support our communities while ensuring that economic growth does not come at the cost of the destruction of our natural environment are the priorities of a Labor Government.

These priorities are reflected in the portfolios I have chosen to take as Labor Leader.

My colleagues have been working tirelessly over the past four years developing the policies that Labor will take to the next election.

I will be making a limited number of minor modifications to the shadow ministerial responsibilities. 

Deputy Opposition Leader Linda Burney will take on responsibilities for Ageing and Disability Services in addition to her existing portfolios.

Michael Daley will take on additional responsibilities for Freight.

Adam Searle will add Climate Change to his portfolios.

Sophie Cotsis will add Shadow Minister for Mental Health.

Mick Veitch will add Shadow Minister for Western NSW to his existing responsibilities. 

Ron Hoenig will take on additional responsibilities with the Heritage portfolio.

I’ve consulted with John Robertson and Barbara Perry and they indicated they both did not wish to be considered for a role in the shadow cabinet.