Canberra Liberals announce shadow ministry reshuffle

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Opposition Leader Elizabeth Lee… “I am privileged to have such a talented and diverse team to fight for our community.”

CANBERRA Liberals leader Elizabeth Lee has announced a reshuffled shadow ministry this morning (April 8) following the departure of Alistair Coe. 

The former leader’s departure opened the door for James Milligan to return to the ACT Legislative Assembly filling Mr Coe’s seat in Yerrabi late last month.

Mr Milligan will take back the portfolio responsibility for sport and recreation and has also been given new responsibilities, including emergency services, vocational training and skills, and disability.

“His background and experience as a publisher; as well as his work in the last term make him well suited to take on these new portfolios,” Mr Lee said when announcing the new ministry.

“I know he will bring a high level of passion and commitment to discharging his duties as shadow minister.”

As for herself, Ms Lee will take on shadow treasurer, formerly a position held by Mr Coe. She holds onto her other shadow ministerial positions as attorney-general, as well as shadow minister for climate action, and economic development, tourism and major projects.

Peter Cain will add planning and land management and assistant treasurer to his responsibilities, while Mark Parton will add sustainable building and construction to transport, housing and homelessness, and gaming and community clubs.

“Peter’s experience and expertise in law and revenue make him well qualified to take on planning – an area we know is of significant interest and concern for many Canberrans – and assistant treasurer,” Ms Lee said.

“Mark has held the housing portfolio since his election in 2016 and has been a formidable advocate in this space. It is fitting that he adds Sustainable Building and Construction to his repertoire to continue to address significant community concern in this area.

“I am privileged to have such a talented and diverse team to fight for our community and put our best foot forward as a strong alternate government for the ACT in 2024.”

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