Women are the big winners in the new line up with the promotion of Judith Collins to Justice, Hekia Parata to Education and Amy Adams becomes a minister with communications and information technology, internal affairs and associate for Canterbury earthquake recovery.
Judith Collins also has ACC and Ethnic Affairs. She will no doubt be disappointed to lose Veterans Affairs which Nathan Guy has picked up.
The teachers unions are going to be upset. They initially will have been pleased to see the back of Anne Tolley but Hekia Parata, assisted by John Banks should prove to be more than a match for those militant unions. I think some heads are going to get cracked in education.
UPDATE: National’s front bench looks very strong, now with three women. Judith Collins, Hekia Parata and Paula Bennett. I doubt Labour will be able to match that after their leadership battle tomorrow.