Husic rising: Newly promoted Labor MP excited to get start-Ed

Startups have been solidified as a central issue in federal politics with vocal supporter Ed Husic’s promotion meaning both parties now have a position dedicated to startups and innovation.

Labor MP Ed Husic has been appointed as Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s shadow parliamentary secretary assisting with digital innovation and startups, the first time startups have been specifically mentioned in a shadow ministry or government ministry.

Husic says he’s excited to work even closer with the Australian startup community.

“From what I’ve seen after spending the better part of this parliamentary term listening to and talking with startups is that Australia has a lot to be proud of,” he says.

“There are a lot of Aussie startups, formed by young, energetic founders that are continuing to impress at home and abroad.

“Representing and championing the ideas and concerns of the startup community with the federal opposition is something I’m really looking forward to. I passionately believe in their great work and potential.”

Startups have become a major political issue following Malcolm Turnbull’s ascension to prime minister and his new cabinet’s emphasis on new technologies and innovation.

Following Liberal MP and startup enthusiast Wyatt Roy’s promotion to assistant minister for innovation as part of the cabinet reshuffle, both parties now have a position revolving around startups and innovation.

Members of the startup community have welcomed Husic’s promotion and the general political focus, with APS Innovation network member David Pecotic saying the ecosystem has now “come of age”.

Husic’s role is now directly opposite Roy’s, and the pair have already shown signs that they’ll be able to work together and deliver the bipartisanship that the community is crying out for.

“Congrats mate, looking forward to working with you,” Roy tweeted to Husic on Tuesday.

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