Gillard new IR shadow minister

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Gillard new IR shadow minister

As expected, Labor's new Shadow Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations is Deputy Leader Julia Gillard.

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As expected, Labor's new Shadow Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations is Deputy Leader Julia Gillard.

Gillard, whose previous shadow portfolio was health, is a former industrial relations lawyer. For five years she was a partner in Melbourne with one of Australia's major law firms, Slater & Gordon - which does a lot of industrial work for trade unions.

Gillard, who as Deputy Leader traditionally had her choice of portfolios, said she was delighted with her new job.

Aussie 'fair go'

'Every Australian has the right to be treated fairly at work,' Gillard said. 'It is part of the Aussie fair go. John Howard's laws have taken this right away.'

She said the next election will be the 'make or break' of the Aussie fair go at work.

'Labor in government will repeal John Howard's laws and restore fairness and balance to Australia's workplaces,' Gillard said.

Asked whether Labor would keep the Government's national IR system, Gillard said the ALP's views on how the IR system would work would be outlined before the next election. But she said the recent High Court case had 'opened up new possibilities'.

Smith gets Education

The former IR spokesman, Stephen Smith, has moved to Education and Training. Rudd said Smith had asked for a change of portfolio.

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