Albanian announces Labor Portfolios | The Canberra Times


Labor leader Anthony Albanese announced the portfolios for his shadow ministry, with former executive group Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek remaining in government.

Mr Shorten has been given the position of shadow minister of national disability insurance and government services, while Ms Plibersek continues to work on education and training.

NSW Senator Kristina Keneally will be the first Labor spokesperson for home affairs in addition to the role of deputy head of the Senate.

As expected, Queensland MP Jim Chalmers received the role of Chris Bowen's shadow treasurer, who was awarded the health portfolio.

This is a big step for Mr Bowen, who played a pivotal role in the financial policies that Labor has undertaken for the elections, such as changes to postage credits and negative gears.

Policies were at the center of the government's election campaign and were fundamental to the loss of Labor.

Mr. Albanian states that Dr. Chalmers will lead an "effective team", which also includes the ACT senator Katy Gallagher on finance and Stephen Jones with financial services.

"Our economic team I think is particularly strong," Albanian told reporters in Sydney on Sunday when he announced the new formation.

Mr. Albanian states that Mr Bowen is "quite satisfied" with his new role, as Mr Shorten is.

"He awaits him with enthusiasm and will do his job well, he is an important part of our team", said the new leader about Mr. Shorten.

Queensland MP Terri Butler will take care of the environment and water, while Mark Butler will continue to work on energy and climate change.

Catherine King, who had the health of a shadow minister for six years, takes care of infrastructure, transport and regional development.

Labor deputy chief Richard Marles remains in defense, while Senate leader Penny Wong will also remain with the foreign affairs portfolio.

Representative Andrew Canigh, based in Canberra, which was dumped by the shadow ministry in the post-election reshuffle, will become assistant to the shadow minister for the Treasury and charitable organizations.

Australian Associated Press


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