Michael Daley given shadow roads portfolio in NSW

Former NSW roads minister Michael Daley has been appointed as Labor’s opposition spokesman on roads.

Michael Daley given shadow roads portfolio in NSW
Michael Daley served as NSW roads minister from 2008 to 2009.


A former New South Wales roads minister is returning to familiar territory as part of a number of changes to State Opposition leader John Robertson’s frontbench.

Michael Daley, who served as roads minister from 2008 to 2009, has now taken on the shadow roads portfolio while also retaining his role as shadow treasurer.

The change comes in response to the retirement of opposition spokesman on health Dr Andrew McDonald.

Walt Secord has given up his shadow roads portfolio to take on McDonald’s responsibilities.

"Andrew has indicated that the time is right to leave politics to spend more time with his family – something that I fully understand and respect," Robertson says.

"Everyone involved in politics understands the sacrifices that are required to fully do the job – and that involves long periods away from our families."

McDonald will retire at the 2015 election and return to his paediatric practice and clinical teaching in south-west Sydney.

Daley’s police portfolio has been handed to Steve Whan, who will continue as the opposition spokesman on resources and primary industries.

Current opposition spokesman on ports Ron Hoenig will take on emergency services, while opposition spokesman on industrial relations Adam Searle will now also have responsibility for energy.

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