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Five new faces have been added to State Labor’s frontbench team under its post-election reshuffle, including factional heavyweight Dave Kelly and veteran Albany marginal seat hero Peter Watson.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan today unveiled the portfolios he allocated to the 19 members voted into shadow cabinet by the 32-member Labor caucus earlier in the day.

Mr Kelly, former secretary of the powerful United Voice union, was given the water, fisheries and youth portfolios while Mr Watson was allocated sport and recreation and veterans issues.

Former environment minister David Templeman, who spent the previous parliamentary term on the backbench, has been given local government and community services while remaining Opposition whip.

The other new faces West Swan MP Rita Saffioti (planning, finance and women’s interests) and Gosnells MP Chris Tallentire, a former Conservation Council director handed the environment, climate change and lands portfolios.

Mr Kelly is the only first term MP on the frontbench. Mr McGowan said it was not unusual for a fresh MP to be elected to the frontbench, as he was during his first term.

He said he was very pleased with the Labor frontbench to take on the re-elected Barnett Government, with most portfolios allocated to shadow ministers in the same house as the corresponding ministers.

“We have the right mix of experience and new members of shadow cabinet,” he said.

“We have a good team to take us forward into the future made up of people who are proven in the Parliament and the community.”

The West Australian

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