MP scores portfolios

NSW Labor Leader

HALF of NSW Labor’s 26 new Shadow Cabinet positions have gone to women for the very first time, with Summer Hill MP Jo Haylen winning three portfolios.

Ms Haylen will serve as Shadow Minister for Active Transport, Shadow Minister for Seniors and Volunteers, and Shadow Minister for the Cost of Living.
Her new roles include the responsibility for key cycling and walking infrastructure strategies across NSW, including regional rail trails, working with stakeholders and community groups to better support seniors in the community and to better elevate the role of volunteers who make up the biggest single workforce in NSW, and fighting for working families whose household budgets have been hit by the Government’s addiction to unfair tolls and the rising costs from privatisation.
Ms Haylen said she was proud to be chosen and that women made up half of the Shadow Cabinet.
“Girls need to see it to be it and I’m so proud that my daughter and all girls across NSW will see a Government and a Parliament representative of the community,” she said,
“I’m just one of the many working mums out there who are juggling work and family and I’m proud to be a voice for them in this Shadow Cabinet.”
She said the Government’s “rampant privatisation has failed NSW families” and there needs to be immediate solutions for families across NSW who feel like they’ve lost control of their household budgets.
“Living costs are out of control,” she said.
“I see it in my community every day.
“Whether its seniors afraid to turn on their heaters because of their electricity bills, parents struggling with higher childcare fees, commuters dealing with rising transport costs and tolls, or workers struggling to make ends meet because of cuts to penalty rates; people are hurting and we have to do more.”