NSW minister quits, Keneally faces another reshuffle

NSW minister quits, Keneally faces another reshuffle

ABC June 4, 2010, 12:20PM


The New South Wales Premier is facing another cabinet reshuffle with today’s resignation of the Juvenile Justice Minister, Graham West.

A spokesman for the Minister says Mr West has become frustrated with political process and the daily commute from Campbelltown has also taken a toll on his family.

He says his resignation as minister is effective immediately and he will not be contesting his seat at the March election.

In a brief statement Premier Kristina Keneally has thanked Mr West for his contribution to the community and the cabinet.

“Mr West has served the people of NSW well, and I am sure he will continue to do so in the future,” she said.

Former juvenile justice minister Barbara Perry will act in the role for the time being.

The Government says it will not announce a replacement for Mr West until after the state budget on Tuesday.

The New South Wales Government has lost a parliamentary secretary and two ministers in the past month.

At the start of May, Karyn Paluzzano resigned as a parliamentary secretary and then stepped down as an MP after a public hearing by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

David Campbell resigned as transport minister on May 21 after he was filmed leaving a gay sex club. He remains the member for Keira.


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