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June 03, 2019

I am honoured to have been appointed as the Shadow Minister for Northern Australia and Shadow Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management. I thank the new Leader of the Opposition, Anthony Albanese, and all my Labor colleagues, for the chance to serve.


This is the first time since 1975 that a Queenslander has held the Northern Australia role for Labor. Appointing a Queenslander to the role is another sign of Anthony Albanese’s commitment to reconnecting Labor with the residents of our great state.


Of course, Northern Australia also encompasses large sections of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Over the coming weeks I will be travelling across the region, listening to communities about what they want to see from their Government.


Northern Australia faces significant challenges regarding its economic development, health and other public services, climate change and the position of First Australians. This new role provides me with an opportunity to work with all in our north, and various Shadow Ministers, to meet these challenges.


Good, secure jobs for Northern Australians will be my number one priority. I look forward to working with communities to build the north’s traditional economic strengths, including agriculture, resources and tourism.  In addition, I am keen to help emerging industries grow, such as international education, tropical and marine science and defence manufacturing. 


In doing so, I will continue to hold the Government to account for its epic failure - the NAIF, better known as the “No Actual Infrastructure Fund’. Four years after its creation, the $5 billion NAIF has only managed to get $15 million out the door, with not a single dollar spent in Queensland.


Northern Australia is particularly exposed to extreme weather events. We are witnessing an unprecedented rise in natural disasters, both in frequency and intensity, as the LNP’s inaction on climate change continues.  My new role, in Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, places me in the front line in assisting the north to deal with these challenges.


I have spent my time as a Labor Senator for Queensland working with people across my state and fighting for them in Canberra. I am looking forward to doing the same for people across the whole north.