Appointment as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development

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The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP

Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development

Appointment as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development

It is a great privilege to be appointed Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development.

The Australian Labor Party has a proud history on the international stage ‐ from its role in the formation of the United Nations to the development of APEC.

I look forward to leading work on Labor’s vision for Australia’s future in our region, and in the world. I also welcome the opportunity to work cooperatively with the Government on foreign policy and international development matters, where possible.

In addition, I am delighted to be working with Senator Claire Moore on women’s policy, Senator Don Farrell on the Centenary of ANZAC, and Matt Thistlethwaite as the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

18 OCTOBER 2013

CANBERRA

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Election as Deputy Leader of the Opposition

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The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP

Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Election as Deputy Leader of the Opposition

It is an honour to be elected as Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party.

I thank my colleagues for putting their faith in me.

My congratulations go to Bill Shorten on his election as Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party.

Together with Bill and the Labor team, I will work as hard as I can to rebuild a united, strong, progressive party. That is what we owe to Australians who depend on Labor for a strong economy and a fair society.

I would like to pay tribute to Anthony Albanese, for the excellent campaign he ran, and for his work as Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Labor Leader. He was the most formidable Leader of House I have ever seen.

I would also like to thank Chris Bowen. His efforts as interim leader have been greatly appreciated by both the caucus and members of the Labor Party.

14 OCTOBER 2013

CANBERRA

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