Della Bosca remains IR and WorkCover Minister

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Della Bosca remains IR and WorkCover Minister

John Della Bosca will remain NSW’s Industrial Relations Minister and WorkCover Minister, despite a major reshuffle of the NSW Carr Government following last weekend’s election.

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John Della Bosca will remain NSW’s Industrial Relations Minister and WorkCover Minister, despite a major reshuffle of the NSW Carr Government following last weekend’s election.
 
Della Bosca also has responsibility for a newly created portfolio called ‘Commerce’, the duties of which are not yet defined. 
 
This new portfolio responsibility – combined with the fact that there is no longer a small business minister in cabinet – raises some interesting questions about the possible links between Della Bosca’s industrial relations responsibilities and his new commerce/business responsibilities. 
 
However, Della Bosca is refusing to comment on the announcement until cabinet is sworn in next week.
 
Despite initial clashes with unions over his role in reforms to workers' compensation laws, as well as negative publicity over the WorkCover deficit and the WorkCover headquarters' move to Gosford, Della Bosca seems to have emerged relatively unscathed. 
 
His resumption of responsibilities for WorkCover will please those who were happy to see his hands-on role in driving the NSW response to the 10-year National Occupational Health and Safety Strategy.
 
Della Bosca, a senior factional figure in the party’s right and an upper house member, will also keep his Special Minister of State and Central Coast portfolios and add the Information Technology portfolio to his duties.
 
NSW Premier Bob Carr announced his inner-cabinet today, but he will wait until next week before allocating portfolios to his junior ministry.
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