THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
CATHERINE KING MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH
MEMBER FOR BALLARAT
Labor pays tribute to the work of Robert Tickner, who has announced his retirement after a decade heading Australian Red Cross.
Australian Red Cross is one of Australia’s most respected humanitarian, aid and health agencies, in no small part due to the magnificent leadership of Mr Tickner which helped transform Red Cross into a fully integrated national organisation with a supporter base of around one million members, volunteers, staff and supporters.
Prior to joining Australian Red Cross, Mr Tickner had a distinguished career in Federal Parliament, including a crucial role as Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs at the time of the High Court’s historic Mabo native title ruling.
His passion for policy and social justice continued through his leadership of Australian Red Cross, ensuring the organisation maintained its role as a powerful voice for humanitarian values and the promotion of peace on the international stage.
In particular, under Mr Tickner, Red Cross has played a significant role in a number of natural disaster response efforts including a leading role after the Victorian bushfires. It also took a global leadership role in the campaign for a treaty or convention to ban the use of nuclear weapons and won international recognition for the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities.
Labor thanks Mr Tickner for his dedication to public service and pays tribute to his service.