About Ed

Ed describes himself as “Blacktown, through and through.”

Ed was raised in Western Sydney, receiving his education through Blacktown South Public School and Mitchell High School. Later, he was among the initial wave of students to graduate from the University of Western Sydney.

He has held numerous roles within the public and private sector. Before entering Parliament, he was the National President of the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union, with a focus on helping workers in Australia Post and Telstra. He was also a Board Member of the Australia Post Superannuation Scheme.

Being involved in the local community has also been important to him. He has been associated with a number of different community groups including the Blacktown Migrant Resource Centre, the Mt Druitt Community Legal Centre and he co-chaired the ‘Labor against Badgerys’ group, which fought to ensure Western Sydney’s voice was heard on the issue of Sydney’s second airport.

“My whole working life has been about speaking up and working for Western Sydney and its residents – and I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to keep doing that in Federal Parliament, making sure we get our fair share to help us improve our local standard and quality of living.”

Since his election, Ed’s parliamentary interest and focus has been in areas designed to strengthen the growth of Australia’s digital economy. He sits on both the Joint Committee for the NBN and the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications. He was elected Government Whip in July 2011 and is Secretary of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party’s Economics, Productivity, Innovation and Industry Committee.

Locally, he has spoken up for the need for improved broadband, infrastructure, education, health and community services.

With Ed, Labor will continue to deliver for Chifley – getting on with the job of improving our schools, building a better hospital and health system, providing better services and strengthening our economy by supporting our local businesses.