Appointment as Shadow Assistant Minister for Young Australians and Youth Affairs

28 June 2018

It’s an honour to be appointed as Shadow Assistant Minister for Young Australians and Youth Affairs, and to continue my appointments as Shadow Assistant Minister for Universities and Shadow Assistant Minister for Equality.

I have valued the opportunity to hold portfolio responsibilities in relation to family and domestic violence since 2015.

Family and domestic violence is a national crisis. I am very pleased that the Hon Linda Burney MP will be taking on the responsibility for leading Labor’s work in responding to that crisis, in a newly-created shadow ministerial role.

Linda will be an empathetic, strong, and effective advocate for victims and survivors of family and domestic violence.

I am excited to be taking up the fight for young people as Bill Shorten’s shadow assistant minister.

Australians are sick of the Liberals’ war on young people.

Since this arrogant and out-of-touch government was elected in 2013, they have been launching attack after attack on young Australians, including:

  • slashing billions from uni, TAFE and skills funding;
  • cutting homelessness funding, and failing to do what’s needed to make housing more affordable;
  • failing to protect young workers’ penalty rates, which are now being cut;
  • forcing young jobseekers into the exploitative PaTH program.