Shadow Cabinet of Malcolm Turnbull

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The Shadow Cabinet of Australia, also known as the Opposition Front Bench is a group of senior Opposition spokespeople who form an alternative cabinet to the government's, whose members shadow or mark each individual member of the government. Malcolm Turnbull defeated Brendan Nelson in the resulting 2008 leadership election 45 votes to 41, thus making Turnbull Opposition Leader. Turnbull announced his Shadow Cabinet on 22 September 2008.[1] It was reshuffled on 16 February when Julie Bishop stepped down from the role of Shadow Treasury.[2]

Members of the Shadow Cabinet September 2008 to November 2009[edit]

Portfolio Shadow Minister
Leader of the Opposition Malcolm Turnbull
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
Julie Bishop
Shadow Treasurer
Julie Bishop
Joe Hockey
Shadow Minister for Trade, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government
Leader of the Nationals
Warren Truss
Shadow Minister for Broadband Communications and Digital Economy
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Nick Minchin
Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Eric Abetz
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and COAG
Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Emissions Trading Design
Andrew Robb
Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation
Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate
Helen Coonan
Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern Australia
Ian Macfarlane
Shadow Minister for Families, Community Services, Indigenous Affairs and the Voluntary Sector Tony Abbott 1
Shadow Special Minister of State
Shadow Cabinet Secretary
Michael Ronaldson
Shadow Minister for Human Services
Deputy Leader of the Nationals
Nigel Scullion
Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water Greg Hunt
Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing Peter Dutton
Shadow Minister for Defence David Johnston
Manager of Opposition Business in the House
Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training
Christopher Pyne
Shadow Attorney-General George Brandis
Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John Cobb
Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Michael Keenan
Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Sharman Stone
Shadow Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors, Tourism and the Arts Steven Ciobo

1 Tony Abbott, Nick Minchin and Eric Abetz quit the Coalition front bench on 26 November 2009.[3][4]

Previous Shadow Cabinets[edit]

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