am honoured and privileged to be appointed the Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills by the Prime Minister.
This is an exciting challenge for me and I am humbled that the Prime Minister has expressed confidence in my ability.
The Gillard Labor Government has a huge agenda for higher education and skills.
I look forward to working more closely with the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans.
I have a long-standing personal and professional interest in education, training and skills.
Prior to entering the House of Representatives in October 2004, I was a high school teacher and TAFE teacher.
During the Parliamentary term 2007-10, I served as the Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Training.
I am looking forward to strongly continuing to serve the people of Cunningham and the Illawarra region in my new role as Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills.