As part of Labor's election campaign, Wong -- the shadow minister for foreign affairs -- has been deployed to areas of the country where the party fears losing seats. Relations have been strained in recent years by allegations of foreign interference, which the Australian government has addressed with new laws restricting foreign political donations. However, if Labor wins, Wong would become Australia's face to the world. In a recent speech to the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Wong said if Labor wins the election on May 18, her elevation to foreign minister would send a broader message to the world about Australia's values as a multicultural nation. Her six-year term in the Senate expires inwhen she can run for re-election. The election loss meant she became Leader of the Opposition in the Senate within the same year -- it was the first time a woman had filled either role.
Wong was the first woman elected as Leader of the Government in the Senate.
My foreign policy will be independently minded and it will speak with an Australian accent. What it says about who we are," she said. I remember people making comments about my race, and me realizing, that was the first time I actually realized, race was a factor.
She was Minister for Finance and Deregulation from until voters pushed Labor back into opposition at the election.