Manager of Opposition Business in the House (Australia)

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Manager of Opposition Business in the House
Tony Burke Portrait 2008.jpg
Incumbent
Tony Burke

since 18 October 2013
Appointer Opposition leader
Deputy Mark Dreyfus

The Manager of Opposition Business in the House, sometimes called Opposition Leader of the House,[1] is the member of the Australian Official Opposition Shadow Ministry responsible for negotiating with the Leader of the House regarding proceedings in the Australian House of Representatives. Among other things, the topics of negotiation are the order in which Government bills and other items of business are taken, the time allotted for debate, and the timing of Opposition business.[2]

The Manager of Opposition Business in the House and the Deputy Manager are appointed by the Opposition leader. The current Manager of Opposition Business in the House is Tony Burke, and his deputy is Mark Dreyfus. The duties of the Deputy Manager of Opposition Business are largely contingent, coming into play only when the Manager of Opposition Business is absent from the House or is on leave, when he or she is referred to as Acting Manager of Opposition Business.

Two managers of Opposition Business in the House, John Howard and Julia Gillard, went on to become Prime Ministers.

List[edit]

The Managers of Opposition Business since 1974 are as follows:

Order Manager Party Leader of the Opposition Term start Term end Term in office
1 Ian Sinclair National Country Billy Snedden 14 June 1974 21 March 1975 1 year, 150 days
Malcolm Fraser 21 March 1975 11 November 1975
2 Gordon Scholes Labor Gough Whitlam 27 January 1976 22 December 1977 1 year, 336 days
Bill Hayden 22 December 1977 29 December 1977
3 Mick Young 29 December 1977 11 February 1980 2 years, 44 days
4 Chris Hurford 11 February 1980 7 November 1980 270 days
5 Lionel Bowen 10 November 1980 3 February 1983 2 years, 121 days
Bob Hawke 3 February 1983 11 March 1983
(1) Ian Sinclair National Andrew Peacock 16 March 1983 5 September 1985 4 years, 43 days
John Howard 5 September 1985 28 April 1987
6 John Spender Liberal 29 April 1987 14 August 1987 107 days
7 Wal Fife 14 August 1987 9 May 1989 4 years, 283 days
Andrew Peacock 9 May 1989 3 April 1990
John Hewson 3 April 1990 23 May 1992
8 Warwick Smith 23 May 1992 8 February 1993 261 days
9 John Howard 7 April 1993 23 May 1994 1 year, 298 days
Alexander Downer 23 May 1994 30 January 1995
10 Peter Reith John Howard 31 January 1995 11 March 1996 1 year, 40 days
11 Simon Crean Labor Kim Beazley 20 March 1996 20 October 1998 2 years, 214 days
12 Bob McMullan 20 October 1998 25 November 2001 3 years, 36 days
13 Wayne Swan Simon Crean 25 November 2001 16 June 2003 1 year, 203 days
14 Mark Latham 16 June 2003 8 December 2003 165 days
15 Julia Gillard Mark Latham 8 December 2003 18 January 2005 3 years, 2 days
Kim Beazley 18 January 2005 10 December 2006
16 Anthony Albanese Kevin Rudd 10 December 2006 3 December 2007 92 days
17 Joe Hockey Liberal Brendan Nelson 2 December 2007 16 September 2008 1 year, 76 days
Malcolm Turnbull 16 September 2008 16 February 2009
18 Christopher Pyne 16 February 2009 1 December 2009 4 years, 214 days
Tony Abbott 1 December 2009 18 September 2013
19 Tony Burke Labor Bill Shorten 18 October 2013 Incumbent 2 years, 282 days

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Parliamentary Library. "Ian McCahon Sinclair". Trove. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "The House, Government, and Opposition", House of Representatives Infosheet No. 19, October 2010.