SCOT MacDonald has been named as the NSW government’s parliamentary secretary for the Hunter.
Mr MacDonald takes back the job he held from April 2015 until January this year, when he was replaced in incoming Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s first ministry.
He replaces Catherine Cusack, who resigned in spectacular fashion earlier this month after a nine-page email she wrote to Premier Gladys Berejiklian criticising the government was leaked to the public.
Mr MacDonald takes back the role in addition to his existing job as parliamentary secretary for the Central Coast and planning.
In a statement announcing the move he said he was “very honoured to be asked to be Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter”.
“It is a dynamic, beautiful region with so much potential and it is so important to the state of NSW,” he said.
“I enjoy working with the community and all the stakeholders in the Hunter and I will be doing my very best to support the interests of the region.”
@mmcgowan569 But still no Minister for the Hunter at the cabinet table - where the real decisions are made.— Tim Crakanthorp (@crakanthorp) March 21, 2017
Labor were critical of Mr MacDonald while in the role – and after he left – and were quick to criticise the move.
Reacting to the news on Twitter, Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp lamented the fact the Hunter was still outside of cabinet.
“But still no Minister for Hunter at the Cabinet table – where the real decisions are made,” he wrote.
After former Premier Mike Baird resigned in January, Mr MacDonald openly questioned whether the government would retain the same interest in the Hunter, saying the region had lost a “genuine champion”.