It is an honour to be reappointed to Labor’s Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development and Shadow Minister for TAFE and Vocational Education.

Both sectors are crucial to a fair society, jobs and economic growth – and both sectors are facing distinct challenges in the coming Parliamentary term.


I am passionate about making sure Australian children benefit from quality early education. The expansion of the Shadow Cabinet portfolio to include a broader focus on child development shows Labor’s commitment to the early years.


I will be working towards a more holistic approach to children’s early education and development that gives children the very best start, meets the needs of parents and secures Australia’s long-term prosperity. I will continue to apply tough scrutiny to the Liberals’ proposed changes to make sure they benefit children and parents.


I also look forward to continuing Sharon Bird’s outstanding work in the area of TAFE, vocational education, apprenticeships and skills. More than ever, TAFE and vocational education are crucial for jobs, economic productivity and prosperity.


It is vitally important that Australia does better at equipping young people with the skills they need for the workforce, invests in apprenticeships and supports people to train and re-train throughout their lives.


I will be working to restore confidence and trust in the system, ensure quality, boost apprenticeships and protect public TAFE. I also look forward to working closely with industry to make sure we invest in the development of skills that will support our future prosperity.