Berejiklian’s cabinet reflects the direction of her new government

But as well as social issues, and a bigger push for the environment and climate change, Berejiklian’s cabinet also has a renewed focus on the bush.


She has conceded that voters in Barwon and Murray sent her government a «cry for help» when they comprehensively booted out the Nationals in favour of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers.

The once fringe single-issue party now holds three seats in the lower house. The voters who turned to the Shooters in desperation cannot be ignored.

Together with her deputy, Nationals leader John Barilaro, the new cabinet sends a message to disenfranchised voters in western NSW that the Coalition has heard their message loud and clear.

With a dedicated minister for western NSW, as well someone at the cabinet table with responsibility for regional roads as well as regional youth, the regions are not an after-thought.

Berejiklian is constantly asked if she is looking forward to «cutting ribbons», a reference to the large projects that are underway but were never going to be ready before the election campaign.

There is no doubt that she will be happy (and relieved) to get cutting on some of the more contentious projects, like the CBD light rail and WestConnex.

But her government is no longer defined by cranes in the sky and scaffolding along streets.

Berejiklian has a mandate to deliver what matters to her. She has been dubbed the infrastructure premier but with a huge pipeline of work underway, she will now also focus on people




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