Bill Shorten names his new shadow ministry

Source: TheAge

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has named a new-look ministerial lineup with an emphasis on women, working parents and those under 50.

”It’s a young team, blended with experience,” he told reporters in Canberra on Friday.

Deputy leader Tanya Plibersek will take on foreign affairs as well as international development. Senate Leader Penny Wong moves from finance to trade and investment, while her deputy, Stephen Conroy moves from communications to defence.

Tony Burke, who had both the environment and immigration porfolios in government, will be Labor’s finance spokesman. He will also take on the high-profile tactical position of manager of opposition business – going up against Christopher Pyne in the House of Representatives.

The man Mr Shorten defeated in Labor’s leadership contest, Anthony Albanese, keeps the infrastructure and transport portfolio and is also the oppositions’s tourism spokesman.

Mr Shorten said he believed his team was a “break from the past” with more senior women than ever before, and that it was both energetic and diverse.
Ms Plibersek explained her move from health to foreign affairs, saying she had a long-held interest in the area. She said she was particularly interested in the international development side.

The deputy opposition leader will also take on responsibility for the Centenary of Anzac commemorations, noting she had visited Gallipoli as a teenager and had long had an interest in history.

As expected Chris Bowen will remain as shadow treasurer. Mark Butler also stays in the high profile environment and climate change portfolio, Mark Dreyfus stays as shadow attorney-general and Joel Fitzgibbon stays in agriculture.

South Australian MP Kate Ellis secures a promotion to the education portfolio, while also keeping early childhood education.

Catherine King has similarly been promoted as shadow minister for health, while experienced Labor frontbencher Jenny Macklin remains in families and disability reform.

Rudd backer Richard Marles takes on the difficult portfolios of immigration and border protection.

Former minister for home affairs Jason Clare takes on communication, with western Sydney MP Michelle Rowland, known for her impressive knowledge of the NBN, will assist in the communications portfolio.

Canberra MP Andrew Leigh and former economics academic takes on the prized junior role of shadow assistant treasurer.

Mr Shorten has also exercised his powers as party leader to appoint some new faces as parliamentary secretaries, which were not included in his initial frontbench list announced on Monday.
Newly elected Queensland MP, and former adviser to Wayne Swan, Jim Chalmers will be a shadow parliamentary secretary to Mr Shorten, along with Jacinta Collins and Michael Danby.

Canberra MP Gai Brodtman will be shadow parliamentary secretary for defence.

Tony Zappia, Ed Husic, Warren Snowdon, Lisa Singh, Amanda Rishworth, Carol Brown and Louise Pratt were also among those named as parliamentary secretaries.

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