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Three Greek Australians named in Victorian Labor Government’s new cabinet

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has sworn in his latest government ministry, with three Greek Australians named in the new cabinet.

Most ministers have retained roles announced during a major reshuffle six months ago.

Steve Dimopoulos MP will remain Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, and Minister for Creative Industries.

Nick Staikos MP has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, whilst Kat Theophanous MP has been named Parliamentary Secretary for Women’s Health.

In a press release, Premier Andrews said his new ministry will focus on overhauling Victoria’s child protection system, delivering Free Kinder for every child and building the hospitals, schools, road and rail systems.

This new cabinet comes after Victorian Labor won a third consecutive term in government during the state elections on November 26.

Mr Dimopoulos, the Member for Oakleigh, won his third term in the safe Labor seat over the Liberal Party’s Jim Grivokostopoulos during the state election.

In Bentleigh, Mr Staikos won his third term in the safe Labor seat with 58% of the vote over Liberal candidate Debbie Taylor-Haynes.

Ms Theophanous has also claimed victory in her electorate of Northcote in a Facebook post. Green’s candidate Campbell Gome conceded the seat in Melbourne’s north to Ms Theophanous last Thursday, five days after the state election.

Since then, the race for Northcote has tightened with Ms Theophanous ahead of Gome by about 190 votes on a two-candidate-preferred basis on Monday evening.

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) said on Monday the Northcote numbers had changed after the addition of absentee votes to the tally.

In a statement to The Age, a spokesperson for the Victorian Greens said they were adjusting their position in Northcote based on the most recent data. The party did not rule out calling for a recount.

A government spokeswoman said Labor would not pre-empt the result, and was waiting to see what the figures looked like once preferences were distributed.

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