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Appointment to the Shadow Ministry

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Hon Sharon Bird MP Shadow Minister for Vocational Education Member for Cunningham



I am thrilled to be asked by the new Leader, Hon Bill Shorten MP, to serve as Shadow Minister for Vocational Education.

I previously served as Parliamentary Secretary and Minister for Higher Education and Skills in the Gillard Government and I am delighted to be able to continue to work in an area that I am extremely passionate about.

In 2008 I Chaired the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Training and conducted the Inquiry into combining school and work: supporting successful youth transitions.

Prior to entering Parliament I worked in the education sector as a high school teacher and a TAFE teacher.

Vocational training and skills development are a key factor in participation and productivity in the economy and the growth of quality jobs for the future.

I look forward to working with Senator the Hon Kim Carr and the rest of the Shadow Ministry team.

I would also like to congratulate my local colleague, Stephen Jones, Member for Throsby on his appointment as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Infrastructure.

18 October 2013

Media Contact Sharon Bird’s office: Alison Byrnes on 0419 878 956.