Tasmanian minister, Ms Collins has been the Shadow Minister for Ageing since 2016, and will continue this responsibility with the added role of Shadow Minister for Women.
Ms Collins says, “I am honoured to be continuing in Labor’s Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Minister for Ageing and Seniors, and to be appointed as the Shadow Minister for Women. I thank Anthony Albanese MP for the opportunity.
“With the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety set to deliver an interim report in less than six months, I will be relentless in ensuring the Government responds appropriately to the work of the Commission.
“The next period of Government is a crucial time for the future of older Australians… Labor is prepared to work with the Government to help deliver on the Royal Commission’s recommendations but the Liberals must do better.”
Ms Collins added she will continue to be a strong voice in the Shadow Cabinet and represent her home state of Tasmania to the best of her ability.
She will continue to work with peak groups, organisations, unions and aged care providers to develop policy responses that positively impact older Australians.
Elected to the House of Representatives in 2007, Ms Collins was the first woman elected to a Federal seat for Franklin, Tasmania. She was also the first Tasmanian Cabinet Minister since 2001.
Ms Collins has a passion for quality education, decent health services and fairness in the workplace.
Ged Kearney MP was appointed as the Shadow Assistant Minister for Aged Care and will be working closely with Ms Collins.