Shadow Cabinet of Tony Abbott

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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. The Shadow Cabinet was led by Tony Abbott from December 2009 to September 2013.

Since the 2007 federal election, the Liberal–National Coalition had been the Official Opposition, initially led by Brendan Nelson and later Malcolm Turnbull. In 2009, Tony Abbott defeated Turnbull in a leadership spill 42 votes to 41 in the second round and took on the role of Opposition Leader.

Structure[edit]

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]

Members of the Shadow Cabinet[edit]

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

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

Other Shadow Ministers[edit]

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

Shadow Parliamentary Secretaries[edit]

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

Other positions[edit]

Party Shadow Minister Portfolio
Liberal Philip Ruddock MP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary
Liberal Warren Entsch MP
  • Chief Opposition Whip in the House of Representatives
Liberal Patrick Secker MP
  • Opposition Whip in House of Representatives:
Liberal Nola Marino MP
Liberal Senator Helen Kroger
  • Chief Opposition Whip in the Senate
Liberal Senator David Bushby
  • Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate
Liberal Senator Chris Back
National Mark Coulton MP
  • Nationals Chief Whip in the House of Representatives
National Paul Neville MP
  • Nationals Whip in the House of Representatives
National Senator John Williams
  • Nationals Whip in the Senate

Previous Shadow Cabinets[edit]

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