Shadow Cabinet of Malcolm Turnbull

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The Shadow Cabinet of Australia (also known as the Opposition Front Bench) is a group of senior Opposition spokespeople who form an alternative cabinet to the government's, whose members "shadow" or "mark" each individual member of the government. Malcolm Turnbull defeated Brendan Nelson in the Liberal Party's 2008 leadership election 45 votes to 41, making Turnbull Opposition Leader. Turnbull announced his Shadow Cabinet on 22 September 2008.[1] It was reshuffled on 16 February when Julie Bishop stepped down from the role of Shadow Treasury.[2] The Shadow Cabinet of Malcolm Turnbull was replaced by the Shadow Cabinet of Tony Abbott in December 2009 following the 2009 leadership election.

Members of the Shadow Cabinet (2008–2009)[edit]

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(for political parties)
Shadow Minister Portfolio
Malcolm Turnbull MP Leader of the Opposition
Julie Bishop MP Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Treasurer (22 September 2008-16 February 2009)
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs (From 16 February 2009)
Senator Nick Minchin1 Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Senator Eric Abetz1 Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
Warren Truss MP Leader of the Nationals
Shadow Minister for Trade, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government
Senator Nigel Scullion Deputy Leader of the Nationals
Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (To 17 November 2008)
Shadow Minister for Human Services
Christopher Pyne MP Manager of Opposition Business in the House (From 16 February 2009)
Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training
Joe Hockey MP Manager of Opposition Business in the House (To 16 February 2009)
Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation (To 16 February 2009)
Shadow Treasurer (From 16 February 2009)
Senator Helen Coonan Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate (To 16 February 2009)
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs (To 16 February 2009)
Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation (From 16 February 2009)
Andrew Robb AO MP Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and COAG
Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Emissions Trading Design
Ian Macfarlane MP Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources
Tony Abbott MP1 Shadow Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Michael Ronaldson MP Shadow Special Minister of State
Shadow Cabinet Secretary
Greg Hunt MP Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water
Peter Dutton MP Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing
Senator David Johnston Shadow Minister for Defence
Senator George Brandis SC Shadow Attorney-General
John Cobb MP Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Michael Keenan MP Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Sharman Stone MP Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
Steven Ciobo MP Shadow Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors, Tourism and the Arts

1 Tony Abbott, Nick Minchin and Eric Abetz quit the Coalition front bench on 26 November 2009.[3][4]

Members of the Outer Shadow Ministry (2008–2009)[edit]

Shadow Minister Portfolio
Luke Hartsuyker MP Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House
Shadow Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs
Chris Pearce MP Shadow Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law
Tony Smith MP Shadow Assistant Treasurer
Bruce Billson MP Shadow Minister for Sustainable Development and Cities
Scott Morrison MP Shadow Minister for Housing and Local Government
Margaret May MP Shadow Minister for Ageing
Bob Baldwin MP Shadow Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
Louise Markus MP Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Sophie Mirabella MP Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare, Women and Youth
Sussan Ley MP Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs
Andrew Southcott MP Shadow Minister for Employment Participation, Training and Sport

Shadow Parliamentary Secretaries (2008–2009)[edit]

Shadow Minister Portfolio
Senator Ian Macdonald Shadow Parliamentary for Northern Australia
Barry Haase MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Energy and Resources (From 23 January 2009)
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Transport (To 23 January 2009)
John Forrest MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development
Senator Marise Payne Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Indigenous Affairs
Don Randall MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Transport (From 23 January 2009)
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Energy and Resources (To 23 January 2009)
Senator Cory Bernardi Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector (To 19 February 2009)
Senator Mitch Fifield Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector (From 19 February 2009)
Senator Fiona Nash Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resources and Conservation (To 1 December 2008)
Mark Coulton MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resources and Conservation (From 1 December 2008)
Senator Mathias Cormann Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health Administration
Peter Lindsay MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
Senator Brett Mason Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education
Jason Wood MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Justice and Public Security
Senator Richard Colbeck Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Leader in the Senate

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