Shorten Shadow Ministry

Medicines Australia would like to congratulate the Hon. Bill Shorten as leader of the Opposition for the appointment of his Shadow Ministry following the Federal Election.

The decision to re-appoint the Hon. Catherine King MP as the Shadow Minister for Health is a welcome decision and Medicines Australia congratulates Ms King for continuing in this important role.

Medicines Australia also congratulates Tony Zappia MP on his appointment as the Shadow Assistant Health Minister. He takes over the role from the promoted Stephen Jones MP who we thank for his hard work in the portfolio and keen interest in the sector.

Labor has a strong history of engagement with the innovative pharmaceutical sector on health issues and we look forward to continuing the policy journey with Ms King and Mr Zappia over the coming Parliamentary term.

The sector will also work constructively with Labor to ensure that the Government’s reform agenda focusses on inefficiencies so that precious health dollars are prioritised towards outcomes for patients which are proven to be both clinically and cost effective.

Medicines Australia also congratulates Senator the Hon. Kim Carr on his re-appointment as the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science & Research. Senator Carr has been a longtime passionate advocate for science and industry, in particular for research such as clinical trials, advanced manufacturing and the broad biotech and biopharmaceutical industries in Australia. The appointment of Nick Champion MP and Tim Hammond MP as the Assistant Ministers for Manufacturing & Science and Innovation respectively bring additional focus to an important sector for Australia’s future.

Policy development which encourages trade and investment is important for the biopharmaceutical sector to thrive so Medicines Australia welcomes the appointment of the Hon. Jason Clare MP to this portfolio along with Jim Chalmers MP as Shadow Minister for Finance and our members are keen to work with them over the Parliamentary term.

Medicines Australia looks forward to continuing, strong engagement with the Labor Party, which focusses on the best health outcomes for patients and a strong medical science sector for Australia.


James Boyce
Phone: 0423 239 265