I am honoured to be part of the Turnbull Government’s science, jobs and innovation agenda.

We are growing the economy, creating jobs and getting more Australians into work.

1,000 jobs are being created every single day. 383,000 jobs have been created over the past 12 months, 80 per cent of them full time. And in November alone, more than 61,000 jobs were created – that’s 2,000 jobs a day.

Innovation is critical to Australia’s economic transition and forms an important part of our national economic plan.  We need to embrace new ideas in innovation and science, and harness new sources of growth to deliver the next age of economic prosperity in Australia and jobs for all Australians.

It was an absolute privilege to have served as the Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, especially to release the Coalition Government’s Multicultural Statement, reform the settlement services program for humanitarian arrivals in Australia, give funding certainty to the homelessness sector and to progress adoption reform and permanency for children in out of home care.

In the last year, we saw an increase in adoption rates after years of decline.  We also saw improvements in intercountry adoptions, with waiting times halving from 60 months to 30 months.  I am proud to have achieved stability and permanency for some of our most vulnerable children.

I look forward to the new challenge and the new opportunities.

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