New South Wales Premier criticised over government structure
Friday, April 8, 2011
The newly-installed leader of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has come in for harsh criticism on the structure of his government and cabinet. Coalition Premier Barry O'Farell swore in his cabinet on Sunday, but it has already been criticised for not including Ministers for Youth, Climate Change, or Volunteering.
O'Farrell was also attacked by NSWMP Cate Faehrmann for dismembering the . Ms Feahrmann told the the cuts were "laughable", and warned of "drastic cuts and a dramatic weakening of environmental protection standards and laws".
NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson accused the new Premier of pandering to the, telling the that the changes threatened environmental protection in NSW: "Former Labor premier Bob Carr established over 300 national parks in NSW and every one of those parks is now at risk," he said.
O'Farrell had earlier announced responsibility for National Parks and the Environmental Protection Agency would be absorbed by his.
Thereported Premier O'Farrell had denied the move would reduce his government's ability to manage environmental issues. The Premier is quoted as saying: "People need to reserve judgement until they see the way in which we operate rather than simply react to the hysterical claims".
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- "O'Farrell pandering to Shooters: Robertson" — , April 4, 2011
- "O'Farrell accused of abandoning environment" — , April 4, 2011