Ju­dith Collins Line-up Re­vealed

Fiji Sun - - WORLD NEWS -

New Na­tional leader Ju­dith Collins has re­vealed her reshuf­fled cau­cus, pro­mot­ing for­mer lead­ers Si­mon Bridges and Todd Muller to the party’s front bench.

The reshuf­fle was sparked by this week’s lead­er­ship change and the res­ig­na­tions of se­nior MPs Nikki Kaye and Amy Adams.

Both Ms Kaye and Ms Adams were loyal Muller sup­port­ers, but Ju­dith Collins said their res­ig­na­tions were not linked to her lead­er­ship.

“I’m re­ally pleased that both Amy and Nikki are mak­ing de­ci­sions that they are happy with. I’m not so happy that they’re leav­ing, but I un­der­stand it,” she said.

The deputy lead­er­ship role had taken a big toll on Kaye,

Ms Collins said.

“They have my eter­nal gratitude and re­spect for the way they have be­haved, par­tic­u­larly over the past week, or even the past few days.” Ms Adams was of­fered a “very se­nior po­si­tion,” she added.

Mr Muller, who re­signed as leader on Tues­day, has been handed the trade port­fo­lio and will be ranked num­ber 8. He is go­ing to have a few weeks away from Par­lia­ment, Ms Collins said. Ranked at num­ber four, Si­mon Bridges has picked up the jus­tice port­fo­lio and re­mains Na­tional’s for­eign af­fairs spokesper­son. “I have long been of the view that Si­mon should be jus­tice and he has clearly al­ways wanted for­eign af­fairs, so he has got both. He’s a very hard work­ing

MP and he’s highly in­tel­li­gent, and I’m ab­so­lutely cer­tain he will play a pow­er­ful role in the in­com­ing Na­tional-led gov­ern­ment,” Ms Collins said.

He has taken the jus­tice port­fo­lio from Mark Mitchell, the only MP to chal­lenge Ms Collins for the lead­er­ship, who has tum­bled down the rank­ings. The party’s trans­port and in­fra­struc­ture spokesper­son Chris Bishop has also been pro­moted to the front bench and is now the Shadow Leader of the House.

Ni­cola Wil­lis has picked up Nikki Kaye’s ed­u­ca­tion port­fo­lio and has been bumped up one spot in the rank­ings to 13.

The party’s deputy leader Gerry Brown­lee will take on the COVID-19 bor­der re­sponse port­fo­lio.

Ni­cola Wil­lis and Todd Muller.

From left; Na­tional leader Ju­dith Collins has re­vealed her reshuf­fled cau­cus which in­cludes Si­mon Bridges,

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