Hammond promoted

HIS maiden speech still echoing in federal Parliament, Perth MP Tim Hammond has been promoted by his boss, Opposition leader Bill Shorten.

The former lawyer is now shadow minister for consumer affairs, picking up the portfolio from Labor senator Sam Dastyari, who’s disappeared to the back benches after being exposed asking the Chinese government-back company Yuhu to pay a $1600 bill for him.

• Tim Hammond gets sworn in as a shadow minister, flanked by Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek.

• Tim Hammond gets sworn in as a shadow minister, flanked by Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek.

It’s a good fit for Mr Hammond who spent his career representing people suffering from asbestos-related diseases.

“The consumer affairs portfolio represents an area that has long been my passion,” Mr Hammond said.

“Having dedicated my working life to representing the victims of asbestos-related diseases against companies who should have done better but didn’t, I know how hard it can be to find a voice when the odds seem insurmountable.”

While it’s not as glam as earning a place in the outer shadow cabinet, he’s also been promoted to shadow minister assisting for resources, which effectively makes him a junior shadow minister rather than a parliamentary secretary.

by DAVID BELL

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