Gay returns to roads under Coalition frontbench

Nationals MP and critic of fatigue management laws becomes the new NSW roads and ports minister

By Brad Gardner | April 4, 2011

Nationals MP and critic of fatigue management laws, Duncan Gay, has been named the new NSW roads and ports minister, taking over from Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner.

Premier Barry O’Farrell unveiled his frontbench yesterday, giving Stoner a super portfolio of trade and investment, regional infrastructure and services.

Gay was the opposition spokesman on roads before Stoner took at the end of 2008. During his time, Gay threatened to pass a disallowance motion abolishing fatigue laws.

He criticised the former NSW government over its handling of the laws and tried to pressure it into scrapping demerit point penalties for work diary offences.

Gay also wanted more rest areas to be built to help industry comply with its obligations and for night driving restrictions to be relaxed to recognise the needs of regional and livestock operators.

"You can’t bring in draconian rules without giving people the ability to abide by them," Gay said at the time.

Gladys Berejiklian has been sworn in as the new transport minister, with Mike Baird controlling the state’s finances as treasurer.

Newly elected Opposition leader John Robertson is set to name his shadow cabinet later this week.

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