Ms McKay, who is said to have appreciated the offer to serve on the front bench, said she prefers her Strathfield electorate.
Former active transportation spokeswoman Jo Haylen, 40, has been promoted to the transportation portfolio as opposition moves into tolls and cost of living in the coming months.
“Our vision is that public transport is affordable, accessible and reliable, that it remains in public hands and that our trains, buses and ferries are built here in NSW,” said Ms Haylen.
“For 10 years now, the government has prioritized diverting people to expensive, polluting toll roads rather than giving working families, particularly in Sydney’s west, easier, more affordable public transport options.”
Former NSW Labor assistant secretary general Rose Jackson, 36, has been elevated to the shadow cabinet and handed over the water, housing and homelessness portfolios.
Ms Jackson, who came to parliament in the last election, said she would pursue housing affordability and fair water allocation and prevent Sydney and Hunter Water from being privatised.
Former shadow treasurer Walt Secord, who was one of Minns’ closest allies during the latest leadership battle, will handle multiple portfolios, including policing and counter-terrorism.
He said he enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the police, with plans to focus on families in western Sydney and rural and regional areas.
Former shadow finance spokesman Daniel Mookhey, who spent much of last year suing the government for its treatment of icare, has been promoted to the plum role of shadow treasurer.
He said he hopes to show NSW that Labor had a positive plan to build a stronger post-pandemic economy for working families.
Ms Houssos, who will be responsible for better regulation and innovation, said the new frontbench was the best alternative to a “tired, ten-year government”.
Jodie Harrison will serve as shadow minister for women and the prevention of domestic and sexual violence.
Some of Ms. McKay’s closest allies will remain at the forefront, including former Deputy Leader Yasmin Catley, Kate Washington and Jenny Aitchison.
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