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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
The current Shadow Ministry was announced on 8 May 2016.
|Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Arts and Major Events
|Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, State Development, Trade and Investment
Shadow Minister for Small Business
|Shadow Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
Shadow Minister for the Commonwealth Games
|Shadow Minister for Education||Tracy Davis|
|Shadow Minister for Employment, Industrial Relations, Skills and Training
Shadow Minister for Fair Trading
|Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads
Shadow Minister for Local Government
|Shadow Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services
Shadow Minister for Corrective Services
|Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
Shadow Minister for Northern Development
|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
Shadow Minister for Justice and Planning
|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|
- "LNP frontbench unveiled by new leader Tim Nicholls". abc.net.au. 8 May 2016.