Tanya Plibersek is the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Education, Shadow Minister for Women, and the Federal Member for Sydney.
Tanya was previously the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development in the 44th Parliament. In government, Tanya was Minister for Health. Her other ministerial appointments have included Minister for Medical Research, Minister for Social Inclusion, Minister for Human Services, Minister for the Status of Women, and Minister for Housing.
Tanya grew up in the Sutherland Shire of Sydney and is the daughter of migrants from Slovenia. Like many newly arrived migrants, Tanya’s parents helped build the country in which they made their new home. Her father worked on the Snowy River hydroelectric scheme in the 1950s.
Tanya holds a BA Communications (Hons) from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a Master of Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University. Before entering parliament, Tanya worked in the Domestic Violence Unit at the NSW Ministry for the Status and Advancement of Women. Elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Sydney in 1998, she spoke of her conviction that ordinary people working together can achieve positive change.
Tanya lives in Sydney with her husband Michael and her three children, Anna, Joseph and Louis.
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Education and Women
In July 2016, Tanya was appointed Shadow Minister for Education and Shadow Minister for Women.
"Australians deserve a world class education system that gets world class results. And every single Australian deserves to be part of it, whatever their circumstances.That means every child, in every school, having every opportunity.It means high quality, affordable university degrees. Only Labor can be trusted to deliver that."
"I am delighted to be back in the women’s portfolio. Australian women continue to demand greater equality in the workforce, leadership, and education. Labor is committed to practical action to achieve this."
Tanya was elected Member for Sydney in 1998. The Federal Electorate of Sydney represents the dynamic community of inner city Sydney. Bounded by Sydney Harbour and the CBD in the north, and Beaconsfield and Rosebery in the south, the electorate is home to global landmarks and thriving local communities.
"What I want for the Sydney community is what I want for all Australians - a country with both a strong economy and a fair society - where everyone can get great education and healthcare, where you can get a job, and afford to live a good life." - Tanya Plibersek