THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
APPOINTMENT AS SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
I am honoured to have been re-elected as the Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, and appointed Shadow Minister for Education and Shadow Minister for Women.
I thank my colleagues, and our Leader, Bill Shorten, for the faith they have put in me.
To be a nation with a strong economy, Australia must be an education nation.
To be a fairer nation, Australia must be an education nation.
To be a nation prepared for the jobs of the future, Australia must be an education nation.
Right now, our education system is failing our kids, and our country.
Performance is going backwards.
An increasingly user pays, American-style system is denying too many people the enormous benefits that come from a great education.
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 pay tribute to the hard work of my predecessors, who have set a strong foundation.
I am also 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.
For the last three years, it has been an honour to serve as the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Whether it’s our commitment to settling a maritime border with Timor-Leste, or our plan to start rebuilding Australia’s aid program, I am proud of what Labor has achieved.
I am grateful for the generous advice I have received from many distinguished Australians including former prime ministers, foreign ministers, and diplomats.
My congratulations go to Labor’s new spokesperson for foreign affairs, Senator Penny Wong. She will be an outstanding voice for a Labor agenda on the international stage.