NSW Shadow Aboriginal affairs minister Linda Burney.
NEW SOUTH WALES: The Member for Canterbury, Linda Burney, the sole Aboriginal member of the NSW Parliament, has been appointed Labor’s Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in a shake up of the Opposition front bench.
Ms Burney, the Deputy Opposition Leader, will also assume responsibility for the Family and Community Services portfolio—a portfolio she had held in the former Labor government.
The shake-up was announced by Opposition Leader John Robertson following the resignation of Opposition Roads spokesman Robert Furolo earlier this week following public leaks from within the party about discontent with his commitment to the job.
Robertson has used the resignation to promote four MPs to his front bench as part of a wider reshuffle.
The most widely known of those elevated is former Kristina Keneally and Bob Carr spin doctor Walt Secord who is now Labor’s water spokesman and shadow special minister for state.
Environment spokesman Luke Foley now takes on responsibility for the key planning and infrastructure portfolio.