Shadow Cabinet of Brendan Nelson

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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.

Following the Labor Party's win, in the 2007 federal election, the Liberal-National Coalition became the official Opposition. Brendan Nelson was elected Leader of the Liberal Party on 29 November 2007 and announced that his deputy Julie Bishop would be Shadow Minister for Workplace Relations and that his unsuccessful rival for the Liberal leadership, Malcolm Turnbull, would be offered the position of Shadow Treasurer. Warren Truss was elected leader of the National Party. The composition of the remainder of the shadow cabinet was announced on 6 December 2007. Nelson's Cabinet lasted until 16 September 2008, following a leadership spill, which saw Turnbull emerge as the new leader.

Shadow Cabinet (December 2007–September 2008)[edit]

Portfolio Shadow Minister
Leader of the Opposition   Brendan Nelson
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Employment, Business and Workplace Relations
  Julie Bishop
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Local Government   Warren Truss
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Defence   Nick Minchin
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research   Eric Abetz
Manager of Opposition Business and Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing   Joe Hockey
Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship   Chris Ellison
Shadow Treasurer   Malcolm Turnbull
Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries   Nigel Scullion
Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Water Security   John Cobb
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs   Andrew Robb
Shadow Attorney-General   George Brandis
Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation   Peter Dutton
Shadow Minister for Trade   Ian Macfarlane
Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training   Tony Smith
Shadow Minister for Families, Community Services, Indigenous Affairs and the Voluntary Sector   Tony Abbott
Shadow Minister for Human Services   Helen Coonan
Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy   Bruce Billson
Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Urban Water   Greg Hunt
Shadow Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism   David Johnston
Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs   Bronwyn Bishop

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