Shadow Ministry Appointment - Media Release

ANDREW LEIGH MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER

SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION AND PRODUCTIVITY

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE IN SERVICES

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS

MEMBER FOR FENNER

 

SHADOW MINISTRY APPOINTMENT

I am honoured to continue my work on Labor’s frontbench in the roles of Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Competition, as well as taking on new challenges in Productivity, Trade in Services, Charities and Not-for-Profits.

My thanks to Bill Shorten and the Labor Caucus for entrusting me with the privilege of serving in the ministry. I look forward to collaborating with Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and the rest of the talented Labor economic team. 

Today, inequality is at a 75-year high, wage growth is at a 30-year low and home ownership is at a 60-year low. Living standards are lower than when the Coalition won office in 2013. Australia deserves better. 

I am pleased to take on responsibility for trade in services. Australia’s future prosperity will depend on exports of education, healthcare and financial services to our region. I look forward to developing the policies of open engagement that have long characterised Labor.

In the charities portfolio, Labor campaigned in the last parliament against attempts to scrap the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission. Now that we have won that battle, I am looking forward to working with Australia's charity sector to boost social capital and civic engagement.

As Member for Fenner, I will keep fighting for the great Canberra northside, particularly against the Turnbull Government's ideological public service cuts.

My parents taught me that a life of serving others is a life well-lived. It is a privilege to serve in Bill Shorten's frontbench team, and I will work every day for a fairer, more prosperous and more just nation.

SATURDAY, 23 JULY 2016

MEDIA CONTACT: TAIMUS WERNER-GIBBINGS    0437 323 390


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  • commented 2016-07-23 21:24:43 +1000
    I have a lot of respect for Andrew Leigh, MP. Even though I don’t live in the ACT I have been reading his newsletters with interest over the past year. I also read one of his books, and intend to read the others. Andrew’s emphasis on growing inequality in our society is SO important; I cannot recall that subject even being mentioned by the Liberal Party in the lead-up to the recent election.
    Congratulations on your continuing service on the frontbench.
    What is Labor going to do when the Government pushes through its retrogressive social and economic policies which will increase inequality and reduce human rights?

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