Parliament

New Shadow Cabinet highlights a multicultural SA

22 April, 2022

A new look Shadow Cabinet announced by the new Opposition Leader will continue the rejuvenation and renewal of the South Australian Liberal Party.

Jing Lee has been elected the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council and appointed Shadow Minister for Multicultural South Australia, Shadow Minister for Tourism and Hospitality and Shadow Minister for Communities.

From a humble beginning as a migrant from a non-English speaking background to now holding a leadership position in the Liberal Party, this week’s announcement by Opposition Leader David Speirs elevating Ms Lee to his shadow ministry certainly demonstrates how South Australia is truly a multicultural State that values the contributions of migrants who called South Australia home.

Ms Lee said she was deeply humbled and honoured to be elected and to have her extensive and wide-ranging experience, capabilities and tenacious commitment to serve our community recognised.

“It is incredibly exciting to be part of this fresh, dynamic and diverse team. I thank our new Leader, David Speirs for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I am very proud to take on the important portfolios of Multicultural South Australia, Tourism and Hospitality and Communities,” Ms Lee said.

“As a first generation migrant and the first woman of Asian heritage to be elected as Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, it sends a strong message about how much we truly value and celebrate diversity in our state.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve in the leadership team under our new energetic leader. My colleagues and I are fully committed, united and focused on making South Australia the best place to live, work and raise a family. We will work relentlessly to keep the Labor Government to account and present an alternative positive vision for South Australia.”

Jing Lee made history as the first Malaysian-Australian to be elected to State Parliament in 2010. She served as Assistant Minister to the Premier under former Marshall Liberal Government and over the years, has been entrusted with key portfolios including multicultural affairs, small business, education, trade and investment.