New shadow ministerial portfolios for Russell Northe

Returned member for Morwell Russell Northe says he is pleased to be “part of a new team, with some different responsibilities”, after being allocated two shadow portfolios.

Mr Northe will serve as shadow minister for consumer affairs and shadow minister for liquor and gaming regulation as part of the opposition.

The shadow portfolios are comparatively minor to Mr Northe’s ministerial responsibilities of energy and resources, along with small business.

He said he flagged his interest in a number of different shadow portfolios, including those he was successful in obtaining, along with energy and resources, sport, small business and related sectors.

“It will be interesting to be on the other side of the fence,” Mr Northe said.

“I was only in cabinet for a relatively short period of time and I’m pleased to be part of a new team and with some different responsibilities.

“The great thing about this job is you’re always learning.”

While Mr Northe served in opposition during his first term, this is his first time in the shadow cabinet.

“First and foremost, it’s making sure you hold government to account, but ensure you put forward your own initiatives that are for the betterment of the wider community,” he said.

“We’ll be talking with groups and organisations, getting a better understanding from their point of view on what works well and what can be improved.”

Member for Caulfied David Southwick secured the energy and resources shadow portfolio, while Member for Hastings Neale Burgess was allocated small and medium enterprises.

Former minister for local government and Aboriginal affairs, Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull secured the shadow portfolios of disability, senior Victorians, mental health, housing and racing.