Opposition (Australia)

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In Australian parliamentary practice, the Opposition or Official Opposition is usually the official title 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 Her 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-left Australian Labor Party, led by Bill Shorten.

State and Territory Opposition[edit]

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

State/Territory Opposition Party Leader of the Opposition
Australian Capital Territory Liberal Party of Australia Alistair Coe
New South Wales Australian Labor Party (NSW Branch) Luke Foley
Northern Territory Country Liberal Party Gary Higgins
Queensland Liberal National Party Tim Nicholls
South Australia Liberal Party of Australia (SA Division) Steven Marshall
Tasmania Australian Labor Party Rebecca White
Victoria Liberal Party of Australia Matthew Guy
Western Australia Liberal Party of Australia Mike Nahan

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  1. ^ Maiden, Samantha (18 November 2010). "Altar egos clash over Wills and Babykins". The Australian. Retrieved 31 March 2011.