Based in Western Sydney, Ed Husic was elected to the House of Representatives as the Federal Member for Chifley in 2010. Currently in his third term, he was re-elected to Parliament in 2016.
Before entering Parliament, he held a number of roles within the public and private sector including National President of the Communications Electrical Plumbing Union. Prior to this he was employed with Integral Energy (now Endeavour Energy); a major national energy retailer and NSW based electricity distributor.
In August 2018 Ed was promoted to Shadow Minister for Human Service and retained his responsibilities as the Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy. Ed had previously been the Shadow Minister for Employment Services and Workplace Participation, a position he had held since 2016.
Ed has had a long standing interest in the impact of tech on our economy and community and his portfolio appointments and parliamentary interests have focused on this. For a number of years, he has been part of the Federal Opposition’s team developing policies to promote early stage and digital innovation.
In 2015 Ed was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten, assisting with Digital Innovation and Startups – the first time startups were acknowledged in a ministerial or shadow ministerial line-up. His policy focus was examining ways to boost the growth of startups and digital entrepreneurship as a vehicle for enhancing economic activity and productivity. He was also the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen.
In the former Labor Government, Ed held the positions of Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband.
Ed has engaged in digital economy issues as a member of the House of Representatives Infrastructure and Communications Standing Committee and as Deputy Chair of the Joint Select Committee on the National Broadband Network.
He established the Federal Parliamentary Labor Digital Economy Group, which brought together policy makers and industry on matters affecting the sector.
Ed was raised in Western Sydney, educated locally, and graduated from the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (Applied Communications).