OPPOSITION Leader Mike Nahan announced another round of changes to his Ministry on Friday when Bill Marmion took on the new portfolio of Disruptive Technologies, relinquishing Health to Sean L’Estrange.
Mr Marmion also has the roles of Mines and Petroleum; Defence Issues; and Science.
Dr Nahan said Mr Marmion had significant ministerial experience, was a well-respected engineer and had a passion for technology, engineering and innovation.
“Sean L’Estrange is a senior member of the Shadow Cabinet having been a former Minister for Mines, Finance and Small Business,” he said.
“As our Manager of Opposition Business in the Legislative Assembly Sean knows how to hold the government to account on its policy decisions and budget announcements.
“The health budget makes up over 30 per cent of the State Budget and Sean will continue to bring to bear his Ministerial and pre-politics military and strategic planning experience to scrutinise the Government’s management of the health and mental health sectors.”
In the initial round of changes, made December 21, Ken Baston released Emergency Services for a new role as the Opposition spokesman for Northern Australia.
Dr Nahan justified the move at the time, saying there were significant state investments in WA’s north and it was the economic powerhouse of the nation.
South West MLC Steve Thomas added the Emergency Services portfolio to his existing Environment and Water portfolio.
Dr Nahan said the most recent devastating fires to impact Western Australia were in the south west and great southern regions, and Mr Thomas was well placed to engage with local communities and stakeholders in developing policy, which also impacted the environment portfolio.
Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup took on the Corrective Services portfolio in December and Peter Katsambanis continued with a substantial workload including Opposition Spokesman for Police; Road Safety; Industrial Relations and representing the Shadow Attorney General and Minister for Commerce in the Legislative Assembly.