STATEMENT: Kate Ellis MP, Thursday 9 March 2017

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 

THE HON JENNY MACKLIN MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES
MEMBER FOR JAGAJAGA

 

KATE ELLIS MP 

We thank Kate Ellis for her years of friendship and her public service as the Member for Adelaide over the last thirteen years.

Kate’s genuine warmth and optimism has made the Parliament a brighter and friendlier place. 

In 2007, Kate became the Minister for Youth and the Minister for Sport, at the time she was the youngest person to be appointed an Australian government minister. 

Later Kate became the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare, Youth and the Minister for the Status of Women. 

Kate was a terrific minister who championed education for all. 

In Opposition, Kate strongly defended the Gonski education funding reforms from cuts by the Liberal Government.

She worked with early childhood education providers to ensure that proposed reforms to child care don’t leave low income families worse off.

It has been a privilege to work alongside Kate in recent years in defending low and middle income Australian families from unfair cuts to Family Tax Benefits.

Kate has held the marginal seat of Adelaide for Labor for more than a decade and we’ve seen first-hand her formidable skills as a grassroots campaigner.

We look forward to continuing to work alongside Kate ahead of the next election. 

Having seen the love and devotion for her son Sam, we totally understand and respect her decision to put her family first.

We wish Kate and her family all the best as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives.