The Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, has written to all Cabinet Ministers seeking a briefing on their portfolio responsibilities.

“I have written to all nine Ministers,” Ms Johnston said.

“As a newly elected member of parliament, I need to hit the ground running and gain as much knowledge as I can before this parliament sits for the first time later in June.

“I want to hear directly from each minister about all aspects of their portfolio, including the government business enterprises and government companies that they are ultimately responsible for.

“At this point I want to listen and learn. I’ve advised the ministers that my door is always open.

Ms Johnston reiterated that, although she wants to be cooperative and consultative, she won’t do deals or trade her vote.

“I’m a collaborative person by nature but there is no way I will support something I don’t believe in.

“My constituents have told me over and over again that they are sick of politicians being abusive and fighting amongst themselves. They want elected members to focus on every-day problems, like the health crisis, ridding our suburbs of poker machines, and fixing traffic congestion.

“I know I am just one of 25 members of the House of Assembly and that I don’t hold the balance of power. But as we have seen in the run up to this election, a one-seat majority can disappear in an instant.

“I start my parliamentary career with optimism, but not through rose-coloured glasses. My feet are firmly planted on the ground,” Ms Johnston said.

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