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Mark McGowan will allocate portfolios on Thursday. Photo: Attila Csaszar

MacTiernan bounces back

ANALYSIS: Freshly recycled Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan has been fast tracked into Premier-elect Mark McGowan’s new cabinet, even though she will not formally start her term in the Legislative Council until mid-May.

Ms MacTiernan, who was infrastructure minister in the Gallop-Carpenter cabinets between 2001 and 2008, later served a term in federal parliament as the member for Perth.

Mr McGowan will not allocate portfolios for his new 17-member line up until tomorrow. There has been speculation that Ms MacTiernan will be receive the energy portfolio or the challenging role of overseeing diversification of the state’s economy.

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