Walt Secord moves up the line

December 13, 2013 by J-Wire
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NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel deputy chair, Walt Secord has been appointed Shadow Minister for Roads and Shadow Minister for the North Coast in the NSW parliamentary opposition…effectively a significant promotion.

 

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NSW Labor leader John Robertson recently announced the shadow ministry reshuffle saying that the changes to his Shadow Cabinet will strengthen Labor’s front bench ahead of the 2015 State election.

Mr Robertson said: “Walt Secord will take on Shadow Minister for Roads as well as Shadow Minister for the North Coast. Walt’s tenacity in the Upper House will help to lift the lid of secrecy on WestConnex and hold Duncan Gay to account for his failure to match federal funding to duplicate the Pacific Highway,” Mr Robertson said.

(Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Communities Guy Zangari who is responsibility for ethnic affairs and multiculturalism remains unchanged.)

“I am very excited by the additional responsibility, but I will still remain active in the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel and continue to advocate and support the Jewish community,” Mr Secord said.

Mr Secord was appointed to the NSW Legislative Council in May 2011 and in October 2011, he was appointed to the Labor frontbench.

Walt Secord, 48, a former journalist was born in Canada, but migrated to Australia more than 25 years ago. His father is a full-blooded Native American Indian and his mother is an Anglo-Canadian.

He worked in Jewish media from 1988 to 1991 where he won an Australian Human Rights Award for a series of articles he wrote.

In 2011, Mr Secord and Vaucluse MP Gabrielle Upton re-established the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel – the largest parliamentary group in State Parliament.

Previously, Mr Secord was Shadow Minister for Water and Shadow Special Minister of State. He remains the Labor spokesperson for the electorates of Vaucluse, Tamworth, Tweed, Campbelltown and Camden.

 

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