NSW hospitality minister kicked out of the club

In National Headlines, New South Wales

TTN: PHOTO: NSW new’ parliamentary cabinet, minus one hospitality minister. Veteran NSW Liberal George Souris has been dumped as Minister for Tourism Major Events Hospitality and Racing. Whilst it is unclear who will replace Souris in not only that role but Sydney resident Gladys Berejiklian is now Minister for the Hunter, a role that was also filled by Souris.

From abc.net.au. 23rd April 2014

NSW premier Mike Baird’s new Cabinet straight to work after being sworn-in at Government House

A new-look New South Wales Cabinet has been sworn-in by Governor Marie Bashir at Government House in Sydney.

It was a full house with family and friends of MPs invited to the ceremony.

New South Wales premier Mike Baird announced the new line-up on Tuesday, promoting five new faces.

Rob Stokes, Troy Grant, Paul Toole, Dominic Perrottet and Jai Rowell move onto the front bench for the first time.

Andrew Constance has taken over Mr Baird’s Treasury portfolio, but other senior roles – Health, Police, Transport, Roads and Education – remain the same.

The Premier Mike Baird says the government has a lot of work to do.

“As we march forward today really marks the first steps, this is the step that says we have a very short period of time until the election, we need to show NSW the work we’ve done, ” he said.

“I’m very proud of the work that this government has done and we continue to do more.”

Mr Baird has described his new Cabinet as hungry for change.

“Every single person is going to play a key role and I think what we’ve got is the balance absolutely right,” he said.

The State Opposition is claiming the government is in disarray.

New South Wales Opposition Leader John Robertson has criticised Mr Baird’s choices, saying there are now fewer women in Cabinet and the regions have been ignored.

“The Hunter has a new minister that lives in Willoughby, Western Sydney has a member that lives in Manly and the Illawarra has a minister that lives in Rockdale,” he said.

Mr Robertson is highlighting what he claims is the government’s instability.

“People in 2011 voted for stability because that’s what they were promised from the Liberals in NSW,” he said.

“What we’ve seen is extraordinary – that seven ministers and a Premier have been sacked or forced to resign in just eight months. This is not what the people of NSW voted for.”

Robyn Parker, George Souris, Greg Smith and Don Page were all dumped in the reshuffle. Mr Page will now retire at the next election.

The new Cabinet sits for the first time this afternoon.

Premier Mike Baird arrives for Cabinet swearing-in ceremony

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