Statement on the appointment of the Shadow Ministry

I’m very pleased to be appointed to the role of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Infrastructure and thank Opposition Leader Bill Shorten for this great opportunity.

Coming from the Illawarra, I understand the challenges facing regional Australia and the important role that the government plays in investing in crucial infrastructure projects – especially those which the private sector cannot or will not build.

Prime Minister Abbott has stated that he wants to be known as the ‘Infrastructure Prime Minister’ and I’m looking forward to holding him to account on that commitment throughout my term in this role.  

I would also like to congratulate my local colleague, the Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird on her appointment as Shadow Minister for Vocational Education and the rest of the Shadow Ministry team.