MLA Pat Pimm to serve as Deputy Whip, Parliamentary Secretary after cabinet shuffle

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That's the change he says he's most excited about, as it will give him an opportunity to present the Premier with some of the major issues facing the northeast. He's already met with her today to discuss the job. Pimm says he'd hoped for the position because of the opportunity to work on issues in the north, which he calls his "passion".

"I'm going to be drafting up what I think are major issues in the northeast, and we're going to be working on a mandate to try and deliver on some of those issues," he explains. "I'm really, really looking forward to that and I think if we can put that together properly and if we can deliver on that mandate it will be extremely important for the northeast."

Although he says there are lots of things he would like to have on that list, he's going to narrow it down to the most important issues.

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"You can't get too lengthy," he argues. "You've got to have some sort of way of accomplishing some of the stuff as well, so hopefully I'll be able to make recommendations on a few major topics at least.

As Deputy Whip, Pimm will serve under Government Whip Eric Foster in ensuring there are always enough people in the house should there be a need for a vote. That means approving and keeping track of party members' leaves.

"It's an extremely important job and one that I'm looking forward to working with the Whip on," he says. "It's another stepping stone actually in the career."

The changes are effective immediately, and Pimm is already in Victoria cleaning out his office to move into the one of the Deputy Whip.

South Peace MLA Blair Lekstrom, who announced yesterday he will not be seeking re-election, will serve on the Cabinet Committee on Jobs & Skills Training and Legislative Review Committee until the May 2013 election. His position of Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure will be taken over by Mary Polak, former Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.

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