Amy Adams, the former justice minister of the previous government, has been given the justice portfolio on the National Party’s 2017 opposition team.
She’ll square off with Andrew Little, the former leader of the Labour Party, who was recently named justice minister
. Adams will also be the opposition team’s workplace relations and safety, including Pike River, spokesperson.
National Party leader Bill English has given the courts role to Alfred Ngaro. Adams was also the previous government’s courts minister.
“We are the largest Opposition Party New Zealand has ever seen, and the largest party in Parliament. We will ensure we make those numbers count,” Bill English said in announcing the party’s opposition team. “I have ensured we make the most of the experience and knowledge of our former ministers, while also utilising the talents of our large caucus who are passionate about New Zealand’s future.”
“All but the latest intake of MPs have been allocated portfolios. Those MPs will be given time to understand Parliamentary processes and work alongside our spokespeople, and be allocated portfolios in due course,” he said.
“We will be a strong and loyal opposition. We are ambitious for New Zealand – and we remain committed to building a stronger, more confident and more prosperous nation,” he added. “We will work tirelessly to ensure New Zealand continues to succeed and New Zealanders continue to get ahead, while holding the current Government to account on any decisions that place that progress at risk.”
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