Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said the sector looked forward to working with the Opposition on both education and research policy.
“Tanya Plibersek is a longstanding advocate to ensure all Australians have access to university education,” Ms Jackson said.
“Her experience in higher education policy, and her understanding of the transformative power of university education, are assets to the portfolio.”
Ms Jackson said universities were also pleased to see the appointment of Brendan O’Connor as Shadow Minister for Science and Industry.
“Brendan O’Connor has served in many Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles and has a wealth of experience to bring to this role,” Ms Jackson said.
“That wide-ranging insight of the economic and social benefits of a strong research sector will be valuable.”
Ms Jackson also congratulated former NSW Deputy Opposition Leader Linda Burney on being named the new Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians.
And she welcomed Clare O’Neil as Shadow Minister for Innovation, Technology and the Future of Work, Graham Perrett as Shadow Assistant Minister for Education and Training, and Emma McBride as Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health.
Universities also thanked Senator Kim Carr, who has stepped down from the Shadow Ministry, for his deep dedication and passionate support in the science and research portfolio over many years.