Federal Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann MP, said today she was honoured to be appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence.
“Defence is vital to advancing and protecting Australia’s national interest and I have a long standing interest in strategic policy,” she said.
“Before entering parliament, I worked as a consultant to the Department of Defence for nearly ten years. So I come to this role with enthusiasm, knowledge, experience and an understanding of Defence people, both in the front line and in the public service.”
“I look forward to working with Shadow Minister Conroy, Shadow Assistant Minister Feeney and Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Farrell.
“Canberra has a large defence community and it is threatened by the Abbott Government’s planned mass job cuts. Front line troops rely on the professionalism and dedication of public service professionals. I want to ensure that all those who work to defend this nation are given the resources and respect they deserve.”
In the 43rd Parliament, Ms Brodtmann was a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and its Defence Sub-Committee. She was involved in the wounded and injured soldiers on operations report and reviews of the Defence Annual Report. As a member and then Deputy Chair of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, Ms Brodtmann also reviewed the Defence Materiel Organisation Major Projects Reports. Ms Brodtmann was part of a Defence Sub-Committee delegation to Afghanistan in 2011.
Ms Brodtmann consulted with the Department of Defence for nearly a decade and worked across a broad range of areas – from defence materiel to youth cadets and recruitment – and policies, including women’s, Indigenous, environment and multicultural issues.