Shorten set to shine a light

TICKETS are still available to hear Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten become the Australian Labor Party’s latest Light on the Hill speaker.

Mr Shorten will present the annual address at Bathurst Panthers on Saturday, September 22.

Each year the dinner honours the memory of former prime minister and Bathurst hero Ben Chifley.

Past speakers have included notable Labor figures Gough Whitlam, Barry Jones, Kim Beazley and current prime minister Julia Gillard.

Labor’s Bathurst branch president Peter Tully said the dinner came after local members had been heavily involved in the Bathurst Regional Council election campaign.

“The Bathurst branch has had a successful couple of weeks and this will cap off a very busy period,” he said.

Bill Shorten entered federal parliament as the Labor Member for Maribyrnong in 2007.

Then Labor leader Kevin Rudd made Mr Shorten the parliamentary secretary for disabilities and children’s services.

Following Labor’s success at the 2010 election, he was appointed to the ministry as assistant treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superann-uation. He was given the workplace relations portfolio last year.

Light on the Hill tickets are available from Bathurst Panthers.

LIGHT ON THE HILL: Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten.

LIGHT ON THE HILL: Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten.