Labour leader Andrew Little has announced his new, temporary, line-up.
“Labour has many new and highly capable MPs who will have the opportunity to prove their ability. At the same time our senior hands will be on deck to take the fight to the National-led Government and support our upcoming stars,” Andrew Little says.
“I am pleased to announce Annette King will be my deputy for the coming year. In recent weeks she has shown how crucial her wisdom and strength is to Labour.
“Grant Robertson will be my Finance spokesperson and number three. He is one of the best performers in Parliament and is more than a match for Bill English.
“Nanaia Mahuta’s lead role in Labour regaining the Māori seats is recognised in her number four position and her reappointment as Māori Development spokesperson.
“Talented up and comers Carmel Sepuloni, Kelvin Davis and David Clark are taking on key roles and will be important members of my front bench.
“These roles will be reviewed in a year to ensure Labour has the strongest possible team to head into the 2017 election. . .
These are the only people named in Labour’s media release on Scoop and I’ve just checked Labour’s website which has nothing at all about the new line-up.
Whoever is where on the full list, they are temporary positions because they’re all up for review in a year.
No politician should ever consider a position theirs until they choose to relinquish it. Prime Minister John Key has reshuffled his cabinet including replacing some members.
But putting the whole caucus on notice suggests Little lacks confidence in his own judgement and/or his colleagues.
It’s also hypocritical the leader of a party that opposes 90-day trails for employees is putting his whole caucus on trial.
NewsTalkZB has the full list:
|Labour Party Caucus 24 November 2014|
|1||Andrew Little||Leader of the OppositionSecurity and Intelligence|
|2||Annette King||Deputy LeaderHealth|
|4||Nanaia Mahuta||Maori Development|
|6||Chris Hipkins||Shadow Leader of the HouseSenior Whip
Early Childhood Education
|7||Carmel Sepuloni||Social DevelopmentJunior Whip|
Associate Justice (Sexual & Domestic Violence)
Associate Education (Maori Education)
Associate Regional Development
Arts, Culture, Heritage
|10||David Clark||Economic DevelopmentAssociate Finance
Associate Health (Mental Health)
|11||Su’a William Sio||Pacific Island AffairsLocal Government
Associate Housing (South Auckland)
|13||Megan Woods||EnvironmentClimate Change|
|14||David Cunliffe||Regional DevelopmentTertiary Education
Research & Development
Science & Innovation
Associate Economic Devt
|15||David Parker||Trade & Export GrowthShadow Attorney General
Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
|16||David Shearer||Foreign AffairsConsumer Affairs|
|17||Phil Goff||DefenceVeterans’ Affairs
|Unranked||Trevor Mallard||Assistant SpeakerInternal Affairs (excluding Gambling)
Sport and Recreation
|Unranked||Ruth Dyson||ConservationSenior Citizens
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
|Unranked||Damien O’Connor||Primary IndustriesBiosecurity
Building and Construction
|Unranked||Kris Faafoi||CommerceState Services
|Unranked||Louisa Wall||Youth AffairsAssoc. Auckland Issues (South Auckland)
Assoc . Sport and Recreation
|Unranked||Rino Tirikatene||FisheriesAssociate Regional Development
|Unranked||Meka Whaitiri||WaterAssoc. Regional Development
Assoc. Primary Industries
|Unranked||Poto Willams||Community & VoluntaryAssoc. Housing (Chch)
Assoc. Justice (Family)
Assoc. Education (Christchurch Schools)
|Unranked||Peeni Henare||TourismAssociate Maori Development (Employment & Te Reo Maori)|
|Unranked||Adrian Rurawhe||Civil Defence & Emergency ManagementAssoc. Internal Affairs (Gambling)
Assoc. Treaty Negotiations
|Unranked||Jenny Salesa||Employment, Skills and Training|