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
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