Whan elected to replace Kelly
FORMER State Primary Industries Minister, Steve Whan, has been confirmed to replace Tony Kelly in the NSW Legislative Council.
Mr Whan, who lost his lower house Eden-Monaro seat to Nationals MP, John Barilaro, in March's State election, was the only person to put his hand up for a ballot of Country Labor representatives to replace Mr Kelly, who quit last week.
A return to NSW politics for Mr Whan means he will give up his job of deputy chief-of-staff with Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke.
State Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, described the move as a retrograde step.
"The rubber stamp on Steve Whan, it really kills the idea of new blood," Mr Gay said.
A former planning minister in the Keneally Government, Mr Kelly will return to his Wellington watermelon farm to spend more time with his family.