Monday, 14 October 2013 17:55

Lundy and Husic dumped Featured

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Anthony Albanese’s two NBN assistants, Kate Lundy and Ed Husic, have not made it into Labor’s shadow cabinet.

Senator Lundy was former Minister for Sport in the Labor Government, and Minister assisting Anthony Albanese for the Digital economy. But she has been dropped from the Opposition front bench.

Her own left faction failed to endorse her, as punishment for her support of Bill Shorten in the leadership vote. She will be missed – she knows her subject well and was IT and communications shadow minister last time Labor was in opposition.

A senator from the ACT, she has been in Parliament longer than either Shorten or Albanese, but has consistently been overlooked – she didn’t make Rudd’s first ministry either.

Ed Husic, who was Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband under Albanese’s brief time as minister, did not make it either. Both are victims of the ALP’s decision to revert to the system of the caucus nominating the front bench and the leader allocating portfolios, a practice discontinued under Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.

But both Lundy and Husic may still get a chance when Shorten announces portfolios on Friday – he has said he will also appoint shadow parliamentary secretaries, as a way of ensuring he has some say in who takes the fight to the Government.


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Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire. He is one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He is author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, ‘A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing.’

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