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Brash unveils new-look lineup

26 October 2005

Brash unveils new-look lineup

National Party Leader Don Brash today announced a reshuffled lineup of spokespeople that is designed "to take the attack to a tired, discredited, Government".

"The new lineup signals the emphasis I am placing on sharp, experienced attack politicians and top performers. National is in an excellent position to expose the many weaknesses of a weak, cobbled-together Clark/Peters Government," says Dr Brash.

Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee retains oversight of Maori Affairs and Treaty issues, remains Shadow Leader of the House, and adds State Services to his list of responsibilities.

The promotion of National's Finance spokesman, John Key, is one of the features of the new lineup. Mr Key is elevated to No 4 ranking, from No 7. He is one position behind former leader Bill English, who has been elevated one place to No 3.

Dr Brash says Mr Key has been rewarded for a sound election campaign that saw him outclass Finance Minister Michael Cullen in selling National's message and exposing the Labour Government's faults.

"Bill English's elevation to No 3 underlines the critical role he will continue to play as part of the wider leadership team. He exposed Labour's complete mismanagement of the Education portfolio during the last Parliament. He will also continue to have a role in the Finance portfolio.

"Fifth-ranked Nick Smith takes an important new role in overseeing Energy.
Labour has dropped the ball, with serious questions arising about future electricity generating capacity. With a PhD in engineering, Dr Smith is the most qualified MP in Parliament to take oversight of this area.

"I have signalled the importance of the Health portfolio by moving it to the front bench and placing it in the hands of Tony Ryall, one of our top performers. This was no reflection on Dr Hutchison, but sometimes a person who would make an outstanding Cabinet Minister in government is not the best suited to an attack role in Opposition.

"East Coast Bays MP Murray McCully will take over the Foreign Affairs and Defence portfolios, supported by new associate spokesmen Tim Groser and John Hayes, former senior MFAT officials before entering Parliament at the election.

"Georgina Te Heuheu will support Mr McCully in Defence. Mr McCully is a seasoned and experienced politician who will set about exposing the extraordinary decision of Labour to make Mr Peters a Minister outside Cabinet, with a dispensation to flout the doctrine of Cabinet responsibility in areas outside his immediate portfolios.

"Defence had been plagued by a succession of costly procurement scandals that Mr McCully had taken a role in revealing, and it is logical for him to take oversight in this area in order to set the scene for a rebuilding of Defence.

"Of the Parliamentary newcomers, Mr Groser, till recently New Zealand's representative at the World Trade Organisation, is one of the winners, taking the primary responsibility for Arts and Culture, as well as working with Mr McCully in the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio. Another is Wellington lawyer Chris Finlayson, who becomes Shadow Attorney-General and assumes an associate spokesman role for Maori Affairs, Treaty issues, and Arts and Culture."

Tau Henare, as Associate spokesman for Maori Affairs, is another of the new MPs to receive a ranking. Dr Brash said this reflects his experience as a former Cabinet Minister.

Dr Brash says he has given every new MP an associate spokesperson role to ensure their involvement. He has signalled to the caucus that he intends reviewing performances in a year.

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NATIONAL PARTY PORTFOLIO RESPONSIBILITIES OCTOBER 2005

1.

Don Brash

Leader

SIS

Relationships with Non-Government

Parties

2.

Gerry Brownlee

Deputy Leader

Shadow Leader of the House

State Services

Treaty of Waitangi Issues and Maori

Affairs

3.

Bill English

Education

Deputy Finance

4.

John Key

Finance

5.

Nick Smith

Environment/RMA

Energy

Building & Construction

Caucus representative on the National Party

Board

6.

Tony Ryall

Health

7.

Simon Power

Law & Order (police and corrections)

8.

Judith Collins

Welfare

Veterans’ Affairs

Family Affairs

Liaison with Pacific Island New

Zealanders

9.

Katherine Rich

Economic Development (incorporating

Small Business, Regional

Development, Ministry of Economic

Development, NZTE)

SOEs

Liaison with Youth

10.

David Carter

Agriculture

Tourism

11.

Murray McCully

Foreign Affairs & Trade

Defence

Conservation

Sport & Recreation

12.

Lockwood Smith

Immigration

Revenue

Associate Finance

Liaison with Ex-pats

13.

Maurice Williamson

Transport

Communications & Information

Technology

14.

Wayne Mapp

Labour & Industrial Relations

Political Correctness Eradication

Chair of Caucus Policy Committee

15.

Richard Worth

Justice

Associate Local Government

(Auckland)

16.

Lindsay Tisch

Chief Whip

Racing

17.

Tim Groser

Arts, Culture & Heritage

Associate Foreign Affairs & Trade

18.

Chris Finlayson

Attorney-General

Associate Treaty of Waitangi Issues

and Maori Affairs (Treaty Negotiations)

Associate Arts, Culture & Heritage

19.

John Carter

Local Government

Civil Defence

20.

Pansy Wong

Associate Education (International

Education)

Associate Immigration

Associate Revenue

Liaison with Asian New Zealanders

21.

Georgina Te

Heuheu

Broadcasting

Associate Defence

Associate Treaty of Waitangi Issues and

Maori Affairs (Maori Development)

22.

Paul Hutchison

ACC

Disability Issues

Research, Science & Technology/CRIs

Policy on Children

23.

Shane Ardern

Fisheries

Customs

Biosecurity

Liaison with Rural Communities

24.

Phil Heatley

Housing

Associate Energy

Associate Fisheries

25.

Tau Henare

Associate Treaty of Waitangi Issues and

Maori Affairs (Treaty Negotiations)

Associate Education (Early Childhood)

26.

Sandra Goudie

Senior Citizens

Internal Affairs

Associate Local Government

27.

Brian Connell

Forestry

Commerce

Consumer Affairs

Statistics

 

Clem Simich

Speaker/Deputy Speaker nominee

 

Eric Roy

Associate Conservation

Associate Sport & Recreation

 

Anne Tolley

Junior Whip

Associate Welfare (CYFS)

 

Chris Auchinvole

Associate Energy (Mining)

Associate Tourism

 

David Bennett

Associate Transport

 

Paula Bennett

Associate Welfare

Associate Labour & Industrial Relations

 

Jackie Blue

Associate Health

Liaison with Women’s Groups

 

Mark Blumsky

Associate Local Government

(Wellington)

Associate Economic Development

 

Chester Borrows

Associate Welfare

Associate Law & Order

 

Bob Clarkson

Associate Building & Construction

Associate Housing

 

Jonathan Coleman

Associate Health

 

Jacqui Dean

Associate Environment/RMA

 

Craig Foss

Associate Finance

Associate Agriculture (Horticulture)

 

Jo Goodhew

Associate Health

 

Nathan Guy

Associate Agriculture

Liaison with Senior Citizens

 

John Hayes

Associate Foreign Affairs & Trade

(Pacific Affairs and ODA)

 

Colin King

Associate Education (Trade Training)

 

Allan Peachey

Associate Education

 

Chris Tremain

Associate Economic Development

Liaison with Small Business

 

Nicky Wagner

Youth Affairs

Associate Environment/RMA

Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage

 

Kate Wilkinson

Associate Justice

ENDS

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