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Ms Gai Brodtmann MP

Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence

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Gai Brodtmann was elected the Member for Canberra on 21 August 2010 and has extensive experience in the public, private and community sectors.

In October 2016, Gai was appointed Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence.

From 2013-16, she was Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence.

Prior to entering politics, Gai ran her own small business for ten years and was a federal public servant, primarily with Foreign Affairs and Trade and Attorney-General’s.

During her time in Foreign Affairs and Trade, Gai was posted to the Australian High Commission in New Delhi, did a short term mission to Jakarta, and served on the Middle East desk, where she worked on the normalisation of the relationship with Iran, the first Ministerial visit to Tehran in ten years and bilateral policy on Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

From 2000-2009, Gai consulted in Defence across a broad range of areas, including on capability acquisition and sustainment, financial and personnel management, youth development, science and technology, cultural change and diversity policy.

Gai’s national security policy interests include cyber security, critical infrastructure, defence estate, capability sustainment, procurement and skills development.

Gai’s public policy interests include education, small business, superannuation, financial literacy, public administration and women’s empowerment.

Gai is a former member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and the defence sub-committee. She is a member and former Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Audit.

Gai is a member of the Centre for Islamic and Arab Studies advisory group, Australia–Israel Be’er Sheva Dialogue and Australia-Africa Dialogue.

She is a former Chair of the National Policy Committee, which developed the 2011 Australian Labor Policy National Platform, Secretary of the Federal Labor Parliamentary Caucus and Chair of the International and Legal Caucus Committee.

A long time Canberra resident, Gai enjoys cooking, gardening, architecture, visual arts, Pilates, walking, reading and spending time with her husband Chris Uhlmann.

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