Labour leader Phil Goff has announced his shadow cabinet. As announced already Cunliffe takes finance, Clark takes foreign affairs, Hughes and Chadwick are whips.
Annette King takes on social development in addition to the deputy leadership – a smart move, she’ll make mincemeat out of Paula Bennett. Ruth Dyson takes health, Chris Carter holds education and Clayton Cosgrove takes law and order (including police and corrections) as well as associate finance. Cosgrove’s a fighter so he’ll do well, but it does signal Labour will be clinging to its reactionary stance on law and order in opposition.
David Parker, in addition to shadow attorney-general, has two potentially big roles in ACC and electoral reform given National’s plan to reform these areas. Chauvel will take the fight on climate change as National and ACT try to weaken, delay and possibly even dump the ETS.
From a personal perspective I’m happy to see Trevor Mallard keep labour. Like many I was dubious at first but over the last year he’s more than proven his strength in that portfolio – something we’ll need as National and ACT start rolling back our rights at work.
Overall, a strong shadow cabinet with the strength and experience to come back in 2011. More encouraging still is the depth of talent further down the list – people like Jacinda Adern, Grant Robertson, Phil Twyford and Kelvin Davis. I’m sure we’ll see more of them very soon.
Full details below the break.
Labour’s new shadow cabinet:
1 Phil Goff Leader, SIS
2 Annette King Deputy Leader, Social Development
3 David Cunliffe Finance
4 Ruth Dyson Health
5 Parekura Horomia Maori Affairs, Fisheries
6 Clayton Cosgrove Law and Order (including police and corrections), Soes, Assoc Finance
7 Chris Carter Education, Ethnic Affairs
8 Nanaia Mahuta Environment, Tourism, Assoc Maori Affairs
9 Maryan Street Trade, Tertiary Education
10 Darren Hughes Senior Whip, Transport
11 David Parker Attorney General, Electoral Reform, ACC, Assoc Finance
12 Shane Jones Local Government, Building and Construction, Infrastructure
13 Trevor Mallard Labour, Economic Development, Sports and Recreation
14 Lianne Dalziel Justice, Commerce
15 Charles Chauvel Climate Change, Energy, Assoc Commerce
16 Pete Hodgson Immigration, Defence
Helen Clark Foreign Affairs, Arts, Culture and Heritage
Michael Cullen Shadow Leader of the House, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
17 Winnie Laban Pacific Island Affairs, Assoc Health, Assoc Economic Development
18 Moana Mackey Rural Affairs, Research and Development, Science and Technology
19 Steve Chadwick Junior Whip, Conservation
20 Sue Moroney Women’s Affairs, Education ECE
21 Rick Barker Courts, Veterans Affairs
22 Ross Robertson Small Business, Senior Citizens, Racing, Assoc Disarmament and Arms Control
23 George Hawkins Housing
24 Mita Ririnui Forestry, Assoc Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Assoc Agriculture
25 Lynn Pillay Disability Issues, Assoc Justice, Victims Rights
26 Ashraf Choudhary Food Safety, Agricultureal Science, Assoc Ethnic Affairs.
27 Darien Fenton Transport Safety, Assoc Labour
28 Su’a William Sio Customs, Assoc Pacific Islands Affairs, Assoc Local Government
New members alphabetic order
29 Jacinda Ardern Youth Affairs, Assoc Justice, Youth Justice
30 Carol Beaumont Consumer Affairs, Assoc Labour
31 Brendon Burns Broadcasting, Assoc Environment Water Quality
32 Clare Curran Communications and IT
33 Kelvin Davis Biosecurity, Assoc Education
34 Chris Hipkins Internal Affairs, Assoc Energy
35 Raymond Huo Law commission, Statistics, Assoc Ethnic Affairs
36 Iain Lees-Galloway Land Information, Assoc Defence, Assoc Health Drugs and Alcohol
37 Stuart Nash Revenue, Assoc Trade, Assoc Forestry
38 Rajen Prasad Voluntary and Community Sector, Assoc Ethnic Affairs,
Assoc Social Development Family and CYF
39 Grant Robertson State Services, Assoc Arts, Culture and Heritage, Assoc Foreign Affairs
40 Carmel Sepuloni Civil Defence, Assoc Tertiary Education, Assoc Social Development
41 Phil Twyford Disarmament and Arms Control, Auckland Issues, Assoc Foreign Affairs Development Assistance
Progressive Leader Jim Anderton Agriculture