The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Honours), 1993
Deputy Leader of the Opposition; Federal Member for Sydney
Tanya Plibersek was elected to the Australian Parliament as the Federal Member for Sydney at the 1998 federal election. In her first speech to House of Representatives, Plibersek spoke of her strong interest in social justice and her conviction that ordinary people working together can achieve positive change.
Plibersek became a Shadow Minister after the 2004 federal election and for the next three years was responsible for a range of portfolios including childcare, work and family, women, youth, human services and housing.
UTS was a fantastic place to learn both theory and practice. The academics were often inspiring and the friendships I made lasting.
Following the election of the Rudd Government in 2007, Plibersek was appointed Minister for Housing and Minister for the Status of Women. As Minister for Housing, Plibersek delivered a wide ranging reform agenda, including significant new investments in affordable rental housing. She was also responsible for a Homelessness White Paper that set out a comprehensive national strategy to tackle homelessness in Australia.
As Minister for the Status of Women, Plibersek was responsible for development of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.
Following the 2010 federal election Plibersek was appointed Minister for Human Services and Minister for Social Inclusion. In 2011, Plibersekwas appointed as Minister for Health.
Plibersek lives in Sydney with her husband Michael and children Anna, Joseph and Louis. She is fond of bushwalking and 18th Century novels.