|Issue No 60||30 June 2000|
Shaw Walks, Costa Considers Future
NSW Industrial Relations Minister Jeff Shaw's shock resignation has left the NSW Labor Council secretary considering his future after premier Bob Carr said he was entitled to a front bench position.
Shaw's decision to call it quits and leave the NSW Upper House creates a quandary for Costa, who is in the middle of negotiations over a potentially lucrative computer deal in which the ALP and Labor Council each have a third equity.
The seat was earmarked for Costa as part of a deal that saved Shaw after he failed to gain preselection from his own Left faction.
Costa says he needs to weigh up the decision over the weekend. "I need to decide if the time is right. There are important projects at Labor Council that I am involved in; at the same time there is an obvious need to increase trade union representation inside the party.
Great Industrial Relations Minister
Costa says she will be remembered as one of the State's great Industrial Relations Ministers.
He says Shaw would be remembered for his 1996 reform package which turned back the tide on labour market deregulation across the nation.
And he says he's confident new IR minister John Della Bosca will successfully negotiate industrial laws which are currently before Parliament.
See next week's Workers Online for an exit interview with Jeff Shaw
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