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Senator Nick McKim given new portfolio responsibilities

Australian Greens Senator Nick McKim has been allocated the portfolios of Schools; Attorney-General; and Innovation, Small Business and Competition Policy.

Senator McKim said he was excited to be given the portfolios.

“These are major responsibilities and I can’t wait to get my teeth into them.”

“As a former state Minister for Education, I know well the challenges facing our schools, and will continue to fight for the full implementation of the Gonski reforms.”

“Australian students and teachers deserve better than the funding cuts they are getting from the Federal government.”

Senator McKim said he would advocate for the jobs of the future in his portfolio of Innovation, Small Business and Competition Policy.

“I will work with my colleagues to champion entrepreneurship and the collaborative economy, which will be real economic drivers into the future.”

“I will be a fierce advocate for small business, and will continue the great work done by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson to ensure they get a level playing field to compete with the large corporations.

“The Greens will present an alternative vision for the economy that looks to the innovators, small businesses and entrepreneurs to generate sustainable wealth and prosperity in the 21st Century.”

Senator McKim promised to strongly resist the Federal Government’s attacks on civil liberties in his portfolio of Attorney-General.

“The Greens will always stand up for the fundamental rights of Australian citizens. I will push for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to abandon his predecessor’s cynically-motivated attacks on civil liberties and human rights.”

Senator McKim paid tribute to the strong work of former Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright in the Schools and Attorney-General portfolios.

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