Labor has attempted to bolster its election prospects in Western Australia by appointing Alannah MacTiernan to a new position of shadow parliamentary secretary for WA.
Labor currently holds only three of the 15 lower house seats in Western Australia, which will hold a fresh Senate election in April.
Ms MacTiernan, the Member for Perth, will also act as shadow parliamentary secretary for regional development and infrastructure. She was formerly a mayor and a prominent minister in the state Labor government.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said: "Alannah is well known and well respected throughout Western Australia. As Infrastructure Minister in successive WA governments, she earned a reputation as a straight shooter who gets things done ... While Western Australia has always had strong representation in federal Labor, this new position that I've created will make WA's voice inside Labor even stronger."
Mr Shorten also announced that Stephen Jones, the Member for Throsby, was elected to the shadow ministry by Labor caucus. Mr Jones will be assistant shadow minister for health, focussing on the health challenges in regional communities.