Reading the reshuffle

Reflecting on the , some things are becoming clearer:

  • The increase in Cabinet to 21 is temporary. It will revert to 20 when McCully and Parata leave
  • Two new Ministers may get appointed in May
  • It seems Coleman will not get Foreign Affairs, but probably Mark Mitchell. So in May Kaye and Mitchell take over from Parata and McCully, and Mitchell moves into Cabinet.
  • Bennett becoming Minister for Women suggests she will be used to target the female vote.
  • Bridges picking up Communications as well as Economic Development was unexpected but suggests it is seen as a core economic portfolio
  • Amy Adams becoming Minister for Social Investment is a huge vote of confidence from English and suggests she is next in line to be Finance Minister. Also giving her Social Housing and HNZC is big.
  • Smith’s remit is now on construction and building, rather than wider housing issues
  • Collins picking up Revenue could be significant. She has a strong commercial background and could bring her formidable arsenal to bear on multinationals minimising their tax in New Zealand
  • Dean and Bennett’s promotions means ever MP from the class of 2005 has now been made a Minister

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