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Two local MPs make the ministry cut

The Premier, Chris Minns has announced his government’s first full Ministry on Monday, which includes two Central Coast MPs – Wong electorate’s David Harris and Swansea electorate’s Yasmin Catley.

David Harris and Yasmin Catley have been included in the Minns Government cabinet.

5 April 2023

 

THE Government will hit the ground running to get on with the job of governing for all of New South Wales. The Central Coast will have its first locally based Minister since Grant McBride former Member for The Entrance in 2008.

 

Member for Wyong, David Harris said, “I thank Premier Minns for his confidence. I understand the importance of being tasked with driving Gaming reform in NSW and undertaking a consultation with First Nations People in NSW to determine a future pathway to Treaty and agreement making. It is such an honour that would not have been possible without the Wyong Electorate having faith in me. The recent election result was so amazing.

 

“I feel privileged to serve such a wonderful area with people and organisations.

 

"I commit to ensuring we have a loud voice in the new Labor Government.”

 

The Labor election win has given the Minns Government a clear mandate from the people of New South Wales to:

 

  • rebuild our essential services;

 

  • to invest in the people who look after us – our nurses, teachers, paramedics, police officers and firefighters by removing the wages cap;

 

  • deal with the crisis in our schools and hospitals;

 

  • deal with the energy crisis; and

 

  • help with the rising cost of living.

 

The Minns Ministry has been reduced Cabinet of 22 Ministers, but for the first time in New South Wales history, will be 50 per cent women (excluding the Premier).

 

For the first time in New South Wales history, a woman will hold the position of Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.

 

For the first time in New South Wales history, a woman will hold the portfolio of Energy (Sharpe), Police (Catley), Regional NSW (Moriarty), Finance (Houssos) and Regional Transport (Aitchison).

 

For the first time in New South Wales history, an Australian Minister was sworn in on the Bhagavad Gita (Mookhey), and a NSW Minister will be sworn in on the Quran (Dib).

 

Penny Sharpe will take on the responsibility of Energy and Climate Change, Environment and Heritage as well as Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.

 

Yasmin Catley will take on the responsibility of Minister for Police and Counter Terrorism.

 

Jihad Dib will take on Customer Service and Digital Government, as well as Emergency Services and Youth Justice.

 

Tara Moriarty will take on Agriculture, Regional NSW and Western NSW.

 

David Harris will take on Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty, Gaming and Racing, Veterans, Medical Research, and the Central Coast.

 

Chris Minns, NSW Premier said “I’m proud of the team we have. We have a lot of hard work in front of us, and a big responsibility, but my team and I are up to the challenge.

 

“We have a clear mandate from the people of NSW to rebuild our essential services, to invest in the people who look after us – our nurses, teachers, paramedics, firefighters and police officers.

 

“Our priority is to help families and households deal with the increasing cost of living, the energy crisis and to fix our schools and hospitals.”

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