Change at the top

A new Opposition Health spokesperson is set to take on Greg Hunt

There is change in the Health portfolio for the Federal Opposition, with new ALP leader Anthony Albanese announcing that former Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen will take over as Shadow Minister for Health.

Mr Albanese announced his new look team on the weekend, with Mr Bowen taking over Health, and former Health spokesperson Catherine King moving to Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has congratulated Mr Bowen on his new appointment, with acting Guild national president, Trent Twomey, said Mr Bowen’s extensive political experience would be invaluable in the portfolio.

“The Pharmacy Guild has long had a strong working relationship with Mr Bowen and we look forward to extending this now he has oversight of the important health portfolio in the Opposition,” Mr Twomey said.

“Mr Bowen has always been very supportive of community pharmacy and understands the challenges the sector is currently facing,” he said.

“Mr Bowen also understands the small business dynamics of community pharmacy and the need to ensure a viable and sustainable future for all our community pharmacies across the country.

“He is on record as saying small business people struggle to find a voice in the national debate and that he would pay particular attention to the interests and aspirations of small business people.

“Community pharmacy small businesses welcome that commitment”.

Mr Bowen has been an MP since 2004, serving the western Sydney seats of Prospect and (since 2010) McMahon.

Pharmacist Emma McBride, MP for Dobell (NSW) has earned a junior shadow ministry appointment, becoming Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health, and for Carers. 

Victorian MP Brendan O’Connor is the Shadow Minister for Small and Family Business.  

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