Today the Labor Caucus has confirmed and welcomed some changes to our Shadow Ministry.
Linda Burney MP will become the new Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services. This portfolio is vital to our policy agenda and central to our party’s values. I know Linda will prove a worthy successor to Jenny Macklin.
Ed Husic MP will retain his role as Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy while also taking on the new challenge of Shadow Minister for Human Services. I’m confident that Ed’s eye for detail and his thorough calm will serve job-seekers and vulnerable Australians well.
In addition to her current responsibilities as Shadow Minister for Young Australians and Youth Affairs, Terri Butler MP will take on the role of Shadow Minister for Employment Services, Workforce Participation and Future of Work. Young Australians have got a raw deal from this government for far too long, and I think it’s important that their dedicated representative in the Shadow Ministry also has a say in shaping the workplaces of the future.
Senator Jenny McAllister will serve as the Shadow Assistant Minister for Families and Communities – a promotion that reflects her outstanding work in the Senate.
Senator Louise Pratt, who is passionate about fair, affordable and accessible higher education, will take on the job of Shadow Assistant Minister for Universities.
I thank all my team for their hard work and their unity of purpose.
I can promise all Australians that we will continue to focus on developing the best plans and policies for the future of our country and a fair go all round.