Appointment as Shadow Minister statement

I am honoured and excited to be appointed to the positions of Shadow Assistant Minster for Workplace Relations and Rural and Regional Australia.

My role as the Federal Member for Bendigo will always be my number one priority and I will continue to be a strong voice on local issues in Canberra.

I look forward to working with Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Australia.

The Turnbull Government has ignored our rural and regional communities. Cuts to health and education have hit rural communities hardest and the mess Malcolm Turnbull has made of the NBN rollout has seen the digital divide between cities and the regions continue to grow.

I am excited to be joining the Hon. Brendan O’Connor MP, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and Ed Husic MP, Shadow Minister for Employment Services and Workforce Participation team.

The Liberals still want to cut penalty rates and they still want young people doing exploitative internships instead of getting real jobs. Labor will always be the party of jobs and will work for decent secure jobs for all Australians.

When it comes Workplace Relations, the Turnbull Government cannot help themselves and continue to attack workers’ pay and conditions.

During the last term of Parliament, I was the Chair of Labor’s Fair Work Task Force and the Secretary of Country Labor Caucus and I look forward to building on this body of work and what Labor achieved in these critical public policy areas.

I would like to warmly thank the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, for appointing me to these roles, and am proud to be part of Labor’s team.