Doug Cameron was elected as a Labor Senator for New South Wales at the 2007 Federal election. He was previously National Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union. Prior to nearly 30 years as a full-time union official, he worked as a fitter in the steel, ship repair, vehicle and power industries.
Doug played a key role in developing industrial and political strategies designed to improve employment security, wages, skills and industry development in the manufacturing industry.
Since his election to the Senate, Doug has continued with his campaigning style around issues including marriage equality, the rights of welfare recipients, equal pay in the social services sector, income inequality and increased job opportunities for Australian workers and industry in the resources sector.
Following the July 2016 federal election, Doug was appointed Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships. In October 2017 responsibility for TAFE was added to the Skills and Apprenticeships shadow portfolio.