Public service becomes a ministerial portfolio in NSW post-election reshuffle

By Stephen Easton

Tuesday April 2, 2019

New South Wales now has a Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations following a post-election reshuffle, in which Don Harwin was allocated the newly named portfolio.

Along with responsibility for maintaining the cap on public servant pay rises and dealing with public sector unions, Harwin (pictured) takes on the roles of Special Minister of State and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. He is no longer responsible for resources, energy and utilities, but retains the arts and his role as vice-president of the Executive Council.

In another interesting change, Victor Dominello is now the Minister for Customer Service and nothing else.

Dominello’s new portfolio was detached from his old one, finance, which has been joined to small business and given to upper house member Damien Tudehope, the chair of the committee that oversees the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Kevin Anderson is now Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has fiddled with the portfolios in a few other ways but retains Dominic Perrottet as Treasurer, Mark Speakman as Attorney-General and Andrew Constance in Transport and Main Roads.

Matthew Kean is now the Minister for Energy and Environment, two portfolios which have been joined together in a move likely to attract controversy given the former often takes precedence over the latter in any government, regardless of the ministerial and administrative arrangements.

Berejiklian lists Johnathon O’Dea as Speaker of the lower house, having made Shelley Hancock the Minister for Local Government, while John Ajaka remains president of the Legislative Council. Gabrielle Upton, formerly responsible for the environment and local government, was not appointed a minister this time.

The new Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward has noted he is the first NSW disability minister who also has a disability, referring to his albinism and a vision impairment.

The full NSW cabinet:

The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP

The Honourable (John) Giovanni Domenic Barilaro MP
Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade

The Honourable Dominic Francis Perrottet MP

The Honourable Paul Lawrence Toole MP
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads

The Honourable Donald Thomas Harwin MLC
Special Minister of State, Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts, and Vice-President of the Executive Council, Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Council

The Honourable Andrew James Constance MP
Minister for Transport and Roads, Leader of the House

The Honourable Bradley Ronald Hazzard MP
Minister for Health and Medical Research

The Honourable Robert Gordon Stokes MP
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces

The Honourable Mark Raymond Speakman SC MP
Attorney General, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

The Honourable Victor Michael Dominello MP
Minister for Customer Service

The Honourable Sarah Mitchell MLC
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning

The Honourable David Andrew Elliott MP
Minister for Police and Emergency Services

The Honourable Melinda Jane Pavey MP
Minister for Water, Property and Housing

The Honourable Stuart Laurence Ayres MP
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney

The Honourable Matthew John Kean MP
Minister for Energy and Environment

The Honourable Adam John Marshall MP
Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales

The Honourable Anthony John Roberts MP
Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections

The Honourable Shelley Elizabeth Hancock MP
Minister for Local Government

The Honourable Kevin John Anderson MP
Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation

The Honourable Dr Geoffrey Lee MP
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education

The Honourable Anthony John Sidoti MP
Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans

The Honourable Bronwyn Taylor MLC
Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women

The Honourable Gareth James Ward MP
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services

The Honourable Damien Francis Tudehope MLC
Minister for Finance and Small Business

Top image: Don Harwin’s Facebook page.

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