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Media Release - APPOINTMENT TO SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES AND EQUALITY

August 21, 2018

SENATOR LOUISE PRATT

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY

SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

APPOINTMENT TO SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES AND EQUALITY

It’s an honour to be appointed as Assistant Shadow Minister for Universities and Equality. I am excited to be taking up Labor’s fight in these portfolios as Tanya Plibersek’s assistant shadow minister.

Access to higher education is a core part of Labor’s values and mission.  I am committed to continuing the fight against the Turnbull Government’s cuts to university funding, cuts which effectively cap university places and mean thousands of young people will miss out on the education they want and deserve. I will also be working to keep the pressure up on our universities to make our campuses and university accommodation safe.

I have a long and proud history of fighting for LGBTI equality and I look forward to working with the community to continue to deliver.

I want to thank all of the stakeholders in the families and communities portfolio I have worked with since 2016. I especially want to acknowledge the work of the hundreds of not for profits around Australia who deliver services to vulnerable children and families. I am very pleased that the Hon Linda Burney MP and Senator Jenny McAllister will be taking on the responsibility for leading Labor’s work in the family and community sector.

Together they will be a strong and effective advocate for families and community organisations.

Since Malcolm Turnbull’s out-of-touch government was elected in 2013, they have been launching attack after attack on every day Australian’s including by slashing billions from uni, TAFE and skills funding, and funding the wasteful and unfair marriage equality plebiscite.

Australians are sick of the Liberals’ trying to divide our communities.

WE'LL PUT PEOPLE FIRST