Shadow Cabinet of Australia


Shadow Cabinet of Australia

The Shadow Cabinet of Australia is a group of senior Opposition spokespeople who form an alternative Cabinet to the government's, whose members shadow or mark each individual Minister or portfolio of the Government.

The "opposition front bench" comprises the full shadow ministry including the shadow cabinet, other shadow ministers and shadow parliamentary secretaries.

As an institution, the shadow cabinet is much less defined—or studied—than the Cabinet with its well established formal procedures. Shadow Cabinet operates more as a committee of an opposition political party than an institution of Government or Parliament. The Cabinet Handbook was first published in 1926 and the updated version is available on-line[1] but no such equivalent exists for Shadow Cabinet.[2]

Since the 2007 federal election, the Liberal–National Coalition has been the Official Opposition. Following the 2010 federal election, the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, announced the current Shadow Cabinet on 14 September 2010.

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Members of the Shadow Cabinet

The following are the current members of the Shadow Cabinet[3]:

Party Portfolio Shadow Minister House
Liberal Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott MP
Liberal Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shadow Minister for Trade
Julie Bishop MP
National Leader of the Nationals
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Warren Truss MP
Liberal Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Eric Abetz Senator
Liberal Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Shadow Attorney-General
Shadow Minister for Arts
George Brandis Senator
Liberal Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey MP
Liberal Manager of Opposition Business in the House
Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training
Christopher Pyne MP
Country Liberal Deputy Leader of the Nationals
Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Nigel Scullion Senator
National Leader of the Nationals in the Senate
Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Water
Barnaby Joyce Senator
Liberal Shadow Minister for Finance, Deregulation and Debt Reduction
Chairman, Coalition Policy Development Committee
Andrew Robb MP
National Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Ian Macfarlane MP
Liberal Shadow Minister for Defence David Johnston Senator
Liberal Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband Malcolm Turnbull MP
National Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing Peter Dutton MP
Liberal Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services Kevin Andrews MP
Liberal Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage Greg Hunt MP
Liberal Shadow Minister for Productivity and Population, Immigration and Citizenship Scott Morrison MP
Liberal Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science Sophie Mirabella MP
National Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food Security John Cobb MP
Liberal Shadow Minister for Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs Bruce Billson MP

Other Shadow Ministers

Party Portfolio Shadow Minister House
Liberal Shadow Minister for Tourism
Shadow Minister for Regional Development
Bob Baldwin MP
Liberal Shadow Assistant Treasurer
Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation
Mathias Cormann Senator
National Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House
Shadow Minister for Youth and Sport
Shadow Minister for Regional Communications
Luke Hartsuyker MP
Liberal Shadow Minister for Employment Participation
Shadow Minister for Childcare and Early Childhood Learning
Sussan Ley MP
Liberal National Shadow Minister for Universities and Research Brett Mason Senator
Liberal Shadow Minister for Indigenous Development and Employment
Shadow Minister for Housing
Shadow Minister for COAG
Marise Payne Senator
Liberal Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector
Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate
Mitch Fifield Senator
Liberal Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection Michael Keenan MP
Liberal National Shadow Minister for Defence Science, Technology and Personnel Stuart Robert MP
Liberal Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Michael Ronaldson Senator
Liberal Shadow Minister for Ageing
Shadow Minister for Mental Health
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells Senator
Liberal Shadow Special Minister of State
Shadow Minister for Seniors
Bronwyn Bishop MP

Shadow Parliamentary Secretaries

Party Portfolio Shadow Minister House
Liberal Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Supporting Families
Cory Bernardi Senator
Liberal National Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship and Settlement
Teresa Gambaro MP
National Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Regional Transport Darren Chester MP
Liberal Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Materiel
Gary Humphries Senator
Liberal Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Tax Reform
Deputy Chairman, Coalition Policy Development Committee
Tony Smith MP
National Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Education Fiona Nash Senator
Liberal National Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force and Defence Support
Ian Macdonald Senator
Liberal Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government Don Randall MP
Liberal Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray-Darling Basin
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Environment
Simon Birmingham Senator
Liberal Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Primary Healthcare Dr Andrew Southcott MP
Liberal National Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health Services and Indigenous Health Dr Andrew Laming MP
Liberal Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration
Michaelia Cash Senator
Liberal Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, Industry and Science
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Forestry
Richard Colbeck Senator
Liberal Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Fair Competition Scott Ryan Senator
Liberal Chairman, Scrutiny of Government Waste Committee Jamie Briggs MP

Other positions

Shadow Cabinet Secretary: Philip Ruddock MP
Chief Opposition Whip: Warren Entsch MP
Opposition Whip: Patrick Secker MP
Deputy Opposition Whip: Nola Marino MP

Previous Shadow Cabinets

See also

References

External links


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