Opposition (Queensland)

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Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition in the Australian state of Queensland comprises the largest party or coalition of parties not in Government. It is so styled to demonstrate that although it opposes the Government, it remains loyal to the Queen. The Opposition's purpose is to hold the Government to account and constitute a "Government-in-waiting" should the existing Government fall. To that end, a Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Ministers for the various government departments question the Premier and Ministers on Government policy and administration, and formulate the policy the Opposition would pursue in Government.

At times, the Opposition consisted of more than one party, notably when the Coalition parties (the state Nationals and Liberals) were in Opposition. Those state parties entered Opposition in 1996 and merged to form the Liberal National Party of Queensland (LNP) in 2008, National Leader Lawrence Springborg becoming Leader of the LNP and remaining Leader of the Opposition.

The current Leader of the Opposition is LNP Leader Tim Nicholls, and Deb Frecklington is the Deputy Leader. Their elections on May 5 2016 came after the former Leader of the Opposition Lawrence Springborg called for a leadership spill after media speculation about his position.

Current Shadow Ministry[edit]

The current Shadow Ministry was announced on 8 May 2016.[1]

Portfolio Shadow Minister
Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Arts and Major Events
Tim Nicholls
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, State Development, Trade and Investment
Deb Frecklington
Shadow Treasurer
Shadow Minister for Small Business
Scott Emerson
Shadow Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
Shadow Minister for the Commonwealth Games
John-Paul Langbroek
Shadow Minister for Education Tracy Davis
Shadow Minister for Employment, Industrial Relations, Skills and Training
Shadow Minister for Fair Trading
Jarrod Bleijie
Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads
Shadow Minister for Local Government
Andrew Powell
Shadow Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services
Shadow Minister for Corrective Services
Tim Mander
Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
Shadow Minister for Northern Development
Andrew Cripps
Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Dale Last
Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
Shadow Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
Christian Rowan
Shadow Attorney-General
Shadow Minister for Justice and Planning
Ian Walker
Shadow Minister for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Multicultural Affairs Fiona Simpson
Shadow Minister for Communities, Child Safety, Disability Services and the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Ros Bates
Shadow Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply Michael Hart
Shadow Minister for Science, Innovation and the Digital Economy Tarnya Smith
Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works Stephen Bennett
Shadow Minister for Tourism, Sport and Racing Jon Krause
Shadow Assistant Minister
Shadow Assistant Minister to the Leader of the Opposition Matt McEachan
Shadow Assistant Minister for North Queensland Jason Costigan
Shadow Parliamentary Roles
Leader of Opposition Business Jeff Seeney
Chief Opposition Whip Trevor Watts
Deputy Opposition Whip Steve Minnikin
Party Secretary Ann Leahy

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