Today I announce minor changes to Labor’s shadow ministerial team following Kate Ellis’ decision to step down and not contest the next election.
Following this morning’s Labor Caucus meeting, I have asked Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek to add Training to her existing responsibilities as Shadow Minister for Education and Shadow Minister for Women. Working closely with Tanya will be Senator Doug Cameron, who will add TAFE to his current responsibilities as Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships.
Amanda Rishworth will join the Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development, in addition to her current role as Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.
Matt Thistlethwaite will become the Shadow Assistant Minister for an Australian Head of State, in addition to his current role as Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury.
On behalf of the entire Labor movement, I want to once again record my thanks to Kate for her thirteen years of outstanding parliamentary service. I know she will approach the next chapter of her life with the same hard work, honest charm and genuine concern for the lives of her fellow Australians.
In the meantime, we hope Kate, David and their growing family enjoy some well-earned time together at home.