Victorian Labor reshuffles front bench

The Victorian opposition has reshuffled its front bench ahead of the 2014 state election.


Labor leader Daniel Andrews announced the new line-up on Thursday, saying it was strong and balanced with a good mix of people.

“We’re going to continue to scrutinise the government and provide a strong offering so that when Victorians vote in November they will have a real choice,” Mr Andrew told reporters.

Labor has created the new ambulance and family violence portfolios.

The family violence portfolio will be the responsibility of Danielle Green, who is the party’s spokeswoman on health promotion and women.

“Family violence is a crime, it’s a scourge. It’s something we need to do much more about,” Mr Andrews said.

If elected, he would put family violence portfolio in the department of premier and cabinet so it had a government focus.

Gavin Jennings will add the ambulance portfolio to his health and mental health portfolios.

Albert Park MP Martin Foley has been promoted to spokesman for water, arts and youth affairs and Williamstown’s Wade Noonan will take up the police portfolio.

Altona MP Jill Hennessy will take over the public transport portfolio from Fiona Richardson, who will be responsible for innovation and small business when she returns in 2014 after treatment for cancer.

Martin Pakula will take over the corrections portfolio from Jill Hennessy to better link corrections in prison beds to sentencing laws, Mr Andrews said.

Several Labor MPs have announced they won’t contest the election.

These include high-profile former government ministers Justin Madden and John Lenders, who will remain as the opposition’s leader in the Legislative Council until the poll.