Opposition (Australia)

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In Australian parliamentary practice, the Opposition , Official Opposition or His Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition consists of the second largest party or coalition of parties in the Australian House of Representatives, with its leader being given the title Leader of the Opposition. The Opposition serves the same function as the official opposition in other Commonwealth of Nations monarchies that follow the Westminster conventions and practices. It is seen as the alternative government and the existing administration's main opponent in the Australian Parliament and at a general election. By convention, the Opposition Leader in the federal Parliament comes from the House of Representatives, as does the deputy, although the Government and Opposition may also both have leaders in the Senate. The Opposition is sometimes styled as His Majesty's Loyal Opposition[1] to show that, although the group may be against the sitting government, it remains loyal to the Crown (the embodiment of the Australian state), and thus to Australia.

The current Opposition at a federal level is the centre-right Liberal Party/National Party Coalition, led by Peter Dutton.

State and territory opposition[edit]

The Opposition parties and leaders of Australian States and Territories are:

State/territory Opposition party/coalition Leader of the Opposition Opposition
Australian Capital Territory Liberal Elizabeth Lee Australian Capital Territory Opposition[2]
New South Wales Labor Chris Minns New South Wales Opposition
Northern Territory Country Liberal Lia Finocchiaro Northern Territory Opposition[3]
Queensland Liberal National David Crisafulli Queensland Opposition[4]
South Australia Liberal Party David Speirs[5] South Australian Opposition[6]
Tasmania Labor Rebecca White Tasmanian Opposition[7]
Victoria Liberal (coalition) John Pesutto Victorian Opposition[8]
National (coalition)
Western Australia National Mia Davies[9] Western Australian Opposition[10]

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  1. ^ Maiden, Samantha (18 November 2010). "Altar egos clash over Wills and Babykins". The Australian. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Portfolio responsibilities - ACT Legislative Assembly". www.parliament.act.gov.au. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013.
  3. ^ Government, Northern Territory (22 September 2020). "Shadow Ministry - 14th Assembly". parliament.nt.gov.au.
  4. ^ "Shadow Ministers - Queensland Parliament". www.parliament.qld.gov.au.
  5. ^ "SA Liberals elect former environment minister David Speirs as new party leader". ABC.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 March 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Parliament of Tasmania - Labor Shadow Cabinet". www.parliament.tas.gov.au. Archived from the original on 5 April 2014.
  8. ^ "List all Current Shadow Ministers". www.parliament.vic.gov.au.
  9. ^ "Member List". www.parliament.wa.gov.au.
  10. ^ "Member List". www.parliament.wa.gov.au.