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Changes to Labor’s health team

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Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten has been forced to change the make-up of his Shadow health team for the second time in four months as the Opposition sharpens its focus on higher education policy and plugs holes created by the departure of eight senators.

South Australian Labor MP Amanda Rishworth has been promoted to the Shadow Ministry from Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health to the newly-created position of Shadow Assistant Minister for Education and Higher Education to bolster Labor’s attack on the Federal Government’s moves to deregulate university fees.

Fellow SA Labor MP Nick Champion, a former union official, has been appointed to appointed to Ms Rishworth’s position.

The change follows the elevation of NSW MP Stephen Jones to the position of Shadow Assistant Health Minister after incumbent Melissa Parke was forced to withdraw from the Shadow Ministry because of a serious illness in her family.

Mr Champion said “I look forward to fighting the Abbott Government’s policy to dismantle Medicare, introduce a $7 GP tax and implement $50 billion in cuts to health and hospitals”.

Adrian Rollins