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NewsWire makes its Cabinet picks

Nov 7th, 2008 | By | Category: Featured Article, Features

NewsWire has joined the pundits in predicting possible National Cabinet appointments.

Audrey Young in the NZ Herald reported that United Future leader Peter Dunne was tipped for the role of Speaker of the House and Act leader Rodney Hide would pick up corrections.

But NewsWire is predicting Mr Dunne to keep his position as minister of revenue and Mr Hide to be given education.

We see Maori affairs being offered to Dr Sharples, outside Cabinet. 

We see the biggest mover in a National cabinet as Steven Joyce, whom we are picking to oversee state-owned enterprises, broadcasting and communications and IT.

Chris Finlayson has been identified as a talent, and we see him as Attorney-General along with justice and treaty negotiations minister, letting Simon Power take responsibility for infrastructure, transport and economic development.

Gerry Brownlee is earmarked as Leader of the House along with state services and internal affairs, but we are predicting he will lose the energy portfolio to Nick Smith, who will keep environment, and climate change, as he looks to reform the Resource Management Act.

National has stated it intends to limit the size of cabinet, so Pansy Wong would be likely to pick up immigration, Chester Borrows, police, and Tim Groser, trade – all as ministers outside cabinet.

For their gaffes during the campaign, Maurice Williamson, Lockwood Smith and Kate Wilkinson would be left out of the mix, spelling the end of the former two’s enduring parliamentary careers.

Challenging times are ahead, but the only certainty is that there will be many different faces on the Beehive’s tenth floor.

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