David Parker is the new Labour Party finance spokesman and is at number three on Labour's new front bench, replacing failed leadership contender David Cunliffe, who takes Parker's old economic development role and remains on the front bench at number five.
New Labour leader David Shearer announced his caucus and front-bench reshuffle in Parliament this afternoon, saying the line-up focused on the party's priorities for a "clean, green and innovative New Zealand."
In recognition of that, Shearer himself took the science and innovation spokesman's role, and gave deputy leader Grant Robertson the environment portfolio, as well as tertiary education, skills and training. Robertson told media at Parliament Buildings in Wellington he would be working closely with the party's new climate change spokeswoman Moana Mackey, who takes the role previously held by Brendan Burns, who lost the Christchurch Central seat in the November 26 election, meaning he did not return to Parliament.
Jacinda Ardern, at number four, was given the task again of taking on Social Development Minister Paula Bennett, with the corresponding portfolio.
Finance team much the same
The membership of Labour's finance team looks the same as it did under former leader Phil Goff, although Shearer said he thought Parker would approach the role differently than Cunliffe did.
Parker took Cunliffe's old finance role, moving up one place to number three on the front bench. Cunliffe dropped two places to number five, taking on Parker's old economic development role and an associate finance position. Shearer said he expected Cunliffe to take on National's Stephen Joyce.
The other associate finance spokesman were Clayton Cosgrove, Trevor Mallard and Shane Jones - all of whom had previously been in the finance team.
New MP David Clark took over from Stuart Nash as Revenue spokesman. Nash, who was not returned to Parliament at the election, had played a key role in formulating the party's tax policy, which included a capital gains tax.
Shearer would not say whether he expected Parker to take Labour in a different direction in terms of economic policy.
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