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Key unveils more centrist line-up

Published: 7:00AM Friday December 01, 2006 Source: One News/NewstalkZB

After only five days in the job National's new leader has already given some of Don Brash's more radical ideas the boot.

John Key on Friday unveiled his shadow Cabinet, promising a new new-look National team to take out the next election.

Key has dumped the political correctness eradicator and brought back the Womens' Affairs portfolio.

He says he would not have a Minister for PC Eradication so there is no reason to put it in the shadow Cabinet.
 
And Key has given Maori Affairs back to Maori MPs, with Georgina te Heuheu and Tau Henare sharing the shadow Maori Affairs portfolio.

Key says it is a sensible move to make use of both te Heuheu and  Henare. He says it is an area of very large geographical responsibilities and both MPs bring complementary skills to the portfolio.

Most of the front bench remains with a couple of elevations including Katherine Rich who gets Education and jumps up one spot to number eight.

Maurice Williamson jumps from number 13 to number nine, bringing his existing Transport and Telecommunications portfolios to the front bench.

Gerry Brownlee gets the number three spot with Energy, Shadow leader of the House, State Services and State Owned Enterprises.

Simon Power is promoted to fourth place and Judith Collins is elevated one spot.

Lindsay Tisch has lost his position as Chief Whip, that job is now taken by Anne Tolley.

Key says the line-up is a very rich talent base and National is ready to take it to the government at the next election.

Meanwhile, National's newest MP is looking forward to making her mark with the party.

Katrina Shanks picks up Brash's spot on the party list.

She is a 37-year-old Wellington accountant and mother of three.

Shanks says she brings a bit of youth, a professional background and the desire to make a difference. She says she is aware politics isn't easy, but she's prepared for that.

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