Posted on 19. Dec, 2013 in News
Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, today announced changes to the Shadow Cabinet team that will continue taking up the fight to the Napthine Government in 2014.
Mr Andrews said Victorian Labor had a team in place ahead of next year’s election and each member would bring energy and focus to make next year a tight contest.
“When Victorians vote in November 2014 they will have a clear choice,” Mr Andrews said.
“It’s a choice between Labor’s team of energetic members who are on the side of Victorian workers or Denis Napthine’s team that refuses to stand up for Victorian jobs, guts school funding, has crippled the ambulance service and done nothing for public transport.
“Labor is committed to providing a world class public transport system and Member for Altona, Jill Hennessy, will be Shadow Minister for this crucial portfolio.
“Jill continues the excellent work done by Fiona Richardson who I look forward to welcoming back in the New Year as the Shadow Minister for Small Business and Innovation.
“These portfolios are critically important and represent a manageable workload for Fiona as she recovers from her cancer.”
Mr Andrews said new members of the Shadow frontbench, Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan and Member for Albert Park, Martin Foley were outstanding additions to the team.
Wade Noonan becomes the Shadow Minster for Police, Emergency Services and Bushfire Response. Martin Foley takes on the Shadow portfolios of Water, Arts and Youth Affairs and continues his work on LGBTI equity issues reporting directly to the Leader.
Deputy Leader, James Merlino, retains Education and will continue to fight for school funding and services for our students that have been neglected under Denis Napthine.
Gavin Jennings adds the newly created Shadow portfolio of Ambulance Services to Health and Mental Health which reflects that Denis Napthine has completely failed to support Victoria’s ambulance system and emergency departments.
Mr Andrews said he was particularly pleased to announce that in a Victorian first, Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, will become the Shadow Minister for Prevention of Family Violence to ensure this important issue gets the attention it deserves.
Jenny Mikakos takes on Community Services to Seniors and Ageing and Children while Martin Pakula adds Corrections to Shadow Attorney-General, Gaming and Racing and Scrutiny of Government.
John Lenders will remain the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council and will have special responsibility of coordinating policy development during 2014.
Jane Garrett takes up the role of Cabinet Secretary and announcements regarding Shadow Parliamentary Secretaries will be made in the New Year.