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Queensland Liberal Party leader Dr David Watson has taken on the role of Shadow Industrial Relations spokesperson after Santo Santoro resigned from the frontbench over comments made by Dr Watson.

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Queensland

Queensland Liberal Party leader Dr David Watson has taken on the role of Shadow Industrial Relations spokesperson after Santo Santoro resigned from the frontbench over comments made by Dr Watson. Santoro resigned on 7 June after Dr Watson failed to withdraw comments about senior party members lacking political credibility. Dr Watson is taking on the role as an interim measure only.

NSW

The Women’s Equity Bureau (WEB) will remain within the Department of Industrial Relations, instead of moving to the Department for Women. The idea behind the WEB in the first place was to ensure women’s needs were taken into account at the policy level, instead of being marginalised. The move, which was provided for in the Budget handed down on May 23, was averted after Premier Bob Carr and Director-General of his Department, Col Gellately, met with the Public Service Association. But budget cuts of $600,000 still stand.

Former ACTU President Jennie George will head up the NSW Labour Hire Taskforce, announced recently by IR Minister Jeff Shaw. Mr Shaw has not yet released terms of reference or the final makeup of the steering committee, which is due to meet on 19 June. Ms George has also formally announced her intention to run for Australian Labor Party preselection for the South Coast federal seat of Throsby, despite being offered Macarthur, the seat held by federal Finance Minister John Fahey.

 
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