Bill Shorten

Bill Shorten is the Federal Member for Maribyrnong and the Leader of the Federal Labor Party.

Bill joined the Labor party at 17 and has devoted his entire adult life to serving the labour movement and its ideals.

Bill’s love for the Labor party, and his belief in equity, opportunity and social justice stem from his family story.

His parents, Ann and William worked hard to give Bill and his twin brother Robert the best possible start in life. Bill attended Xavier College before going on to do a double degree in Arts/Law at Monash University. He also completed an MBA at the Melbourne Business School.

Bill was first elected as the Member for Maribyrnong in 2007 and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Children’s Services and Bushfire Reconstruction.

He joined the Ministry in 2010 and the Cabinet in 2011.

As a senior member of the Rudd and Gillard Governments, Bill played a key role in securing a number of historic Labor reforms.

Bill had championed the idea of a National Disability Insurance Scheme since his time as a Parliamentary Secretary and its launch in 2013 will soon guarantee that Australians with a disability get the support they need as well as proving them with new opportunities in education and employment.

During his time as Minister for Workplace Relations, Bill continued the Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to a fair and productive workplace relations system.

After what he had seen as Parliamentary Secretary for Bushfire reconstruction, Bill used his position as Minister for Financial Services to ensure that Queenslanders devastated by the floods of 2011 received fair treatment from their insurance companies.