NEWLY minted Perth Labor MP Tim Hammond has walked straight into federal Labor’s shadow cabinet.
Mr Hammond has been given three assistant shadow ministries by Opposition leader Bill Shorten.
Mr Hammond will answer directly to Mr Shorten in the digital economy and startups portfolio, and joins fellow Sandgroper Kim Carr with innovation. He’s also picked up shadow assistant minister for resources and Western Australia under Jason Clare.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I know we are up for the challenge and have never felt more ready to roll up my sleeves and give it all I have got,” Mr Hammond says.
In a press release Mr Hammond says the focus on digital and tech fields is a pointer Labor’s preparing for the next stage of the economy: “Our magnificent resource companies will mine data in much the same way as they mine resources to drive the next wave of job creation.
“In my role, I hope to assist this exciting sector in moving towards new methods and new technologies to drive our economy into the 21st century.”
One of his first acts since being elected — apart from heading along to a Baigup Wetlands cleanup over the weekend — has been to get stuck into the state Liberal government over closing the RPH after-hours GP clinic, saying as a father of two younguns it’s important to be able to get to a nearby doctor day or night.
Mr Hammond’s moved into Alannah MacTiernan’s old office on Beaufort Street’s Inglewood stretch.
by DAVID BELL