NSW government finalises new-look Cabinet
A reshuffle by Premier Gladys Berejiklian heralded a new-look Cabinet – with new ministers taking over the innovation, industry finance and counter-terrorism portfolios.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a new-look Cabinet that takes a fresh approach to governance, and enables communities to gain a fair share of the state's economic success.
Among the portfolio changes, Matthew John Kean will move in as the minister for innovation and better regulation. This role was previously held by Victor Dominello, a key supporter for digital government and open data for NSW.
Dominello has moved across as the minister for finance, services and property, a role previously held by Dominic Perrottet. Meanwhile, Perrottet takes over as treasurer and the minister for industrial relations.
For the first time, NSW will have a dedicated minister for counter-terrorism. This portfolio goes to incoming minister, David Andrew Elliott.
On the infrastructure front, the incoming minister Stuart Ayres will oversee the massive infrastructure project, WestConnex. This combines with his responsibilities for Western Sydney and sport.
In other news, minister Rob Stokes gains the sensitive education portfolio, taking over from Adrian Piccoli. Following the resignation of long-standing minister Jillian Skinner, Brad Hazzard has moved into the high-profile health portfolio.
While announcing the ministerial reshuffle, Premier Berejiklian noted that every person has been appointed on merit. "Of course, the Deputy Premier and I have had to make some difficult decisions, and they are because we believe this is the best team moving forward."
The new Cabinet was sworn in today.