NSW premier Dominic Perrottet has delivered a promised reshuffle of the state’s ministry, promoting nine MPs to the frontbench for the first time.
The shakeup has increased the number of women in the 26-person ministry to seven.
But unlike the previous ministry, the new-look frontbench appears not to include a minister for the public service nor a special minister of state.
First-time ministers include Liberals Eleni Petinos as minister for small business and fair trading; local government minister Wendy Tuckerman; minister for families, communities, and disability services Natasha Maclaren-Jones; environment and heritage minister James Griffin; seniors, and multiculturalism minister Mark Coure.
The Nationals’ agriculture and western NSW minister Dugald Saunders; emergency services and resilience minister Steph Cooke; aboriginal affairs, arts and regional youth minister Ben Franklin; and regional transport and roads minister Sam Farraway are also new to the ministry.
Brad Hazzard has remained NSW health minister and has continued in the role since 2017, including the course of the pandemic. Former police minister David Elliott has become the transport minister.
The reshuffled ministry includes new portfolios of cities minister (Rob Stokes); science, innovation and technology minister (Alister Henskens); and homes minister (Lane Cove).
Perrottet announced in a statement late Friday that special minister of state and minister for the public service Don Harwin would not be contesting the 2023 election and not seeking reappointment to ministry, while Shelley Hancock the minister for local government since 2019 would do the same.
The premier told media ahead of announcing the new ministry that it was the best team to lead the state out of the pandemic and into the future.
“The new ministry harnesses experience, while allowing for renewal and injecting fresh energy into the team,” Perrottet said.
In his first speech after taking over as premier in October, Perrottet had foreshadowed he would reshuffle the ministry before the end of this year.