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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About Foreign Affairs and International Development
Tanya was elected as the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party in October 2013.
She was appointed as the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development soon after.
“We live in a changing world. The Government's job is to make the most of opportunities to improve Australia's future, and to protect against any threats. Labor's vision is for Australia to have a forward-looking, independent foreign policy, where we make up our own mind, based on our values, and put our national interest first. Our foreign policy should actively seek to improve our living standards - strengthen Australia's economy, create Australian jobs, and keep Australia safe. Australia's peace and prosperity depends on global peace and prosperity. It's in our interests to be a good global citizen.” - Tanya Plibersek
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