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Lundy moves past PM's snub

Senator Kate Lundy.

Senator Kate Lundy. Photo: Jay Cronan

ACT senator Kate Lundy is brushing off the snub of not being contacted directly by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd when he was handing out ministry jobs.

''I'm over it,'' she said on Tuesday.

Senator Lundy was disappointed to lose the prized sports portfolio in the reshuffle.

Along with Andrew Leigh, the member for Fraser, she supported Julia Gillard in the leadership ballot.

Dr Leigh, who was parliamentary secretary to the prime minster, was dumped from the frontbench.

Senator Lundy was told of the change in her ministerial responsibilities in a telephone call from newly elected Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

''I was disappointed not to receive a call from Kevin Rudd, but I'm over it now,'' she said. ''I'm not going to dwell on those things, it's not an issue for me any more.''

Senator Lundy was minister for sport, minister for multicultural affairs and minister assisting for industry and innovation.

As sports minister, she attended last year's London Olympic Games to represent the federal government.

While losing sport, she is adding the title of Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy.

She will be able to take some of the administrative load off the senior minister, Mr Albanese, who adds broadband, communications and the digital economy to his portfolio responsibilities of infrastructure and transport.

Senator Lundy welcomed the addition of the digital economy to her portfolio responsibilities.

''It's a fantastic opportunity and I'm relishing the chance to get my teeth into it,'' she said. ''These are areas that, like sport, I've worked on in some capacity for my whole career, so I'm very excited about it.''

Senator Lundy said she did not think the surge in support for Labor after Mr Rudd's return to the top job was only a ''sugar hit''.

''I think the indications are that we are competitive going into the next election,'' she said.

11 comments

  • Get used to being snubbed, Senator. You'll get to experience it again in a month or two.

    Commenter
    YS
    Date and time
    July 03, 2013, 8:09AM
    • Yes because ALL OF THE POLLS show Lundy is likely to lose her seat...

      Commenter
      Xavier
      Location
      Reid
      Date and time
      July 03, 2013, 10:59AM
    • YS. Don't think so, She will easily be returned. Don't be surprised if Zed, the rank opportunist doesn't get up. If Australians actually were given the real picture of our economy and the state of the nation rather than the warped bile in the Murdoch Press then voting intentions would be very different. Canberrans are the only population in Australia not to fall for Abbott's deception. This is partly why Canberra will be slammed by Abbott if he wins. Joe Hockey actually said. "Why would we care what happens to Canberra, they don't vote for us". Abbott rabbits on about the new Labor team being the C Team. If that's true his is the F Team. There has never been a more pathetically incompetent Opposition. Anyone who believes in Abbott's inane thought bubbles like stop the boats is an imbecile of the highest order.

      Commenter
      Zed For Zero
      Date and time
      July 03, 2013, 11:31AM
  • Didn't Kevin07 say that he has changed and that he would be more consultative, Nothing has changed, its just more spin that his marketers have given him to spin to a public which is gasping to hear something new from the labour party.

    Commenter
    Mertonian
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    July 03, 2013, 8:42AM
    • +1

      Commenter
      Tom
      Date and time
      July 03, 2013, 11:45AM
  • Lundy you were lucky, at least you did something, you totally embarresed youself and the government over your ASADA media out burst so you deserve the demotion while on the other hand you mate Leigh got dumped because he has done nothing, absolutely nothing for his constituents while busy writing a book for personal gain and feathering his nest.

    Commenter
    NITRO GANGSTER
    Date and time
    July 03, 2013, 8:54AM
    • big +1
      Andrew Leigh biggest waste of Parliamentary space?
      And why did Labor need to make a big huzzah about drugs in sports, months later and still in turmoil, oh thats right to deflect from Labor's incompetence.

      Commenter
      anyfella
      Date and time
      July 03, 2013, 9:24AM
  • Of course she is 'over it'. She still goes home with a overpaid pay packet and if she chooses to retire, walks away with a massive pension. She will never know what it is like for others who are struggling. I have no sympathy for her or Andrew Leigh.

    Commenter
    SamTucan
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    July 03, 2013, 8:54AM
    • Start packing your office Ms Lundy, election time is drawing closer.

      Commenter
      Sharron
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      July 03, 2013, 9:14AM
      • Kate Lundy is just another ALP stooge who was parachuted into the safe ACT Senate seat previously occupied by Bob McMullen, another outsider. He, in turn, replaced Susan Ryan, yet another opportunist blow-in from NSW.

        Wouldn't it be good if both sides of politics in Canberra could come up with locally-raised candidates rather than relying on a conger line of carpetbaggers and snake oil merchants? The sooner the people of the ACT demand such candidates, the better we will be represented.

        Commenter
        Jock
        Date and time
        July 03, 2013, 11:14AM

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