Penny Wong and Tanya Plibersek return to front bench
Bill Shorten has announced his front bench and women figure strongly in the shadow ministry with 11 women elected.
Long time LGBTI supporter Tanya Plibersek has been announced as deputy leader and openly gay Labor party Senator Penny Wong will return as Labor’s Senate Leader.
Plibersek was elected as deputy leader following a vote by the Labor Caucus.
There will also be new faces amid the Opposition's senior ranks, with Michelle Rowland and Doug Cameron promoted to the front bench.
The new frontbench will also feature former parliamentary secretaries David Feeney, Bernie Ripoll and Shayne Neumann.
In a press conference Shorten proclaimed the role of Labor was to put a positive vision on the future and hold the Coalition Government to account.
"We will be a Labor Party that is focused on ideas and a view of an Australia writ large, and we will be a brave party, tackling the hard issues," he said.
Shorten also highlighted the number of women in his shadow ministry and spoke highly of his new deputy leader, describing Plibersek as a “remarkable Australian.”
"She a respected member of Caucus ... [she has] a distinguished record of public service as the member for Sydney, and also most recently as the Minister for Health."
Plibersek emotionally recalled her parents’ immigration to Australia and thanked the Caucus for entrusting her with the role of Deputy PM.
"I don't think there are many countries in the world where someone whose parents came here with nothing but a suitcase each can end up being a member of Parliament, let alone taking up the responsibility which my colleagues have entrusted me with. Thank you all."
The full front bench will be announced on Friday.