Shadow Cabinet of Tony Abbott

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The Shadow Cabinet of Australia is a group of senior Opposition spokespeople who form an alternative Cabinet to the government's, whose members shadow or mark each individual Minister or portfolio of the Government. The Shadow Cabinet was led by Tony Abbott from December 2009 to September 2013.[1]

Since the 2007 federal election, the Liberal–National Coalition had been the Official Opposition, initially led by Brendan Nelson and later Malcolm Turnbull. In 2009, Tony Abbott defeated Turnbull in a leadership spill 42 votes to 41 in the second round and took on the role of Opposition Leader.

Structure[edit]

The "opposition front bench" comprises the full shadow ministry including the shadow cabinet, other shadow ministers and shadow parliamentary secretaries. As an institution, the shadow cabinet is much less defined—or studied—than the Cabinet with its well established formal procedures. Shadow Cabinet operates more as a committee of an opposition political party than an institution of Government or Parliament. The Cabinet Handbook was first published in 1926 and the updated version is available on-line[2] but no such equivalent exists for Shadow Cabinet.[3]

First arrangement (2009-2010)[edit]

The Shadow Cabinet of Tony Abbott was created following the accession of Tony Abbott to the leadership in December 2009. It remained largely unchanged until the 2010 election, excluding one minor reshuffle in March 2010. After this reshuffle, Barnaby Joyce gained the Regional Development portfolio from Warren Truss and the Infrastructure and Water Portfolio from Ian Macfarlane. Andrew Robb took on Joyce's previous portfolio of Finance and Deregulation and Macfarlane gained the Energy and Resources portfolio from the retiring Nick Minchin.

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Shadow Cabinet[edit]

Shadow Minister Portfolio
Tony Abbott MP Leader of the Opposition
Julie Bishop MP Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
Warren Truss MP Leader of the Nationals
Shadow Minister for Trade, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (To 25 March 2010)
Shadow Minister for Trade, Transport and Local Government (From 25 March 2010)
Senator Nick Minchin Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (To 3 May 2010)
Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy (To 25 March 2010)
Senator Eric Abetz Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (To 3 May 2010)
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (From 3 May 2010)
Joe Hockey MP Shadow Treasurer
Christopher Pyne MP Manager of Opposition Business in the House
Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training
Ian Macfarlane MP Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Water (To 25 March 2010)
Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources (From 25 March 2010)
Senator George Brandis SC Shadow Attorney-General
Senator David Johnston Shadow Minister for Defence
Peter Dutton MP Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing
Kevin Andrews MP Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services
Greg Hunt MP Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage
Senator Nigel Scullion Deputy Leader of the Nationals
Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Senator Barnaby Joyce Leader of The Nationals in the Senate
Shadow Minister for Finance and Debt Reduction (To 25 March 2010)
Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Infrastructure and Water (From 25 March 2010)
John Cobb MP Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food Security, Fisheries and Forestry
Bruce Billson MP Shadow Minister for Small Business, Deregulation, Competition Policy and Sustainable Cities
Tony Smith MP Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Scott Morrison MP Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
Sophie Mirabella MP Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
Andrew Robb AO MP Chairman of the Coalition Policy Development Committee
Shadow Minister for Finance and Debt Reduction (From 25 March 2010)
Philip Ruddock MP Shadow Cabinet Secretary

Members of the Outer Shadow Ministry[edit]

Shadow Minister Portfolio
Bronwyn Bishop MP Shadow Minister for Seniors
Senator Michael Ronaldson Shadow Special Minister of State and Scrutiny of Government Waste
Sharman Stone MP Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Childcare
Shadow Minister for the Status of Women
Steven Ciobo MP Shadow Minister for Tourism and the Arts
Shadow Minister for Youth and Sport
Michael Keenan MP Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs
Sussan Ley MP Shadow Assistant Treasurer
Bob Baldwin MP Shadow Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
Shadow Minister Assisting the Shadow Minister for Defence
Luke Hartsuyker MP Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House
Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs, Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law
Louise Markus MP Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells Shadow Minister for Ageing
Senator Marise Payne Shadow Minister for COAG and Modernising the Federation
Senator Mathias Cormann Shadow Minister for Employment Participation, Apprenticeships and Training

Shadow Parliamentary Secretaries[edit]

Shadow Minister Portfolio
Senator Ian Macdonald Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia
Andrew Southcott MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health Services, Health and Wellbeing
Senator Brett Mason Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education and School Curriculum Standards
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
Senator Mitch Fifield Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector
Senator Richard Colbeck Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Senator Cory Bernardi Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Population Policy
Don Randall MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Transport
Senator Simon Birmingham Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray Darling Basin
Stuart Robert MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
Senator Gary Humphries Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Families, Housing and Human Services
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship
Joanna Gash MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism
Jason Wood MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Public Security and Policing
Mark Coulton MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Emerging Trade Markets
Senator Guy Barnett Chairman of the Scrutiny of Government Waste Committee

Second arrangement (2010-2013)[edit]

Tony Abbott reshuffled the Shadow Cabinet following the 2010 election and this arrangement remained largely unchanged until the election of the Abbott government in 2013. Two alterations were made during this period. In March 2011, Michael Ronaldson was appointed Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on the Centenary of ANZAC. A wider redistribution took place in September 2012 following the resignation of Cory Bernardi. Arthur Sinodinos took on the role of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Leader of the Opposition and Jamie Briggs took on the role of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary of Supporting Families. Michaelia Cash was also appointed Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate.

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Shadow Cabinet[edit]

Shadow Minister Portfolio
Tony Abbott MP Leader of the Opposition
Julie Bishop MP Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
Shadow Minister for Trade
Warren Truss MP Leader of the Nationals
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Senator Eric Abetz Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Joe Hockey MP Shadow Treasurer
Christopher Pyne MP Manager of Opposition Business in the House
Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training
Ian Macfarlane MP Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources
Senator George Brandis SC Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Shadow Minister for the Arts
Attorney-General
Senator David Johnston Shadow Minister for Defence
Peter Dutton MP Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing
Kevin Andrews MP Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services
Greg Hunt MP Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage
Senator Nigel Scullion Deputy Leader of the Nationals
Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Senator Barnaby Joyce Leader of The Nationals in the Senate
Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Water
John Cobb MP Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food Security
Bruce Billson MP Shadow Minister for Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs
Malcolm Turnbull MP Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband
Scott Morrison MP Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
Shadow Minister for Productivity and Population
Sophie Mirabella MP Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science
Andrew Robb AO MP Shadow Minister for Finance, Deregulation and Debt Reduction
Chairman of the Coalition Policy Development Committee

Members of the Outer Shadow Ministry[edit]

Shadow Minister Portfolio
Bronwyn Bishop MP Shadow Special Minister of State
Shadow Minister for Seniors
Senator Michael Ronaldson Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on the Centenary of ANZAC (From 3 March 2011)
Stuart Robert MP Shadow Minister for Defence Science, Technology and Personnel
Senator Mathias Cormann Shadow Assistant Treasurer
Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation
Sussan Ley MP Shadow Minister for Employment Participation
Shadow Minister for Childcare and Early Childhood Learning
Senator Marise Payne Shadow Minister for Indigenous Development and Employment
Shadow Minister for COAG
Shadow Minister for Housing
Senator Brett Mason Shadow Minister for Universities and Research
Luke Hartsuyker MP Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House
Shadow Minister for Youth and Sport
Shadow Minister for Regional Communications
Michael Keenan MP Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection
Bob Baldwin MP Shadow Minister Regional Development
Shadow Minister for Tourism
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells Shadow Minister for Ageing
Shadow Minister for Mental Health
Senator Mitch Fifield Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate
Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector

Shadow Parliamentary Secretaries (2009–2013)[edit]

Shadow Minister Portfolio
Senator Ian Macdonald Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Defence Force and Defence Support
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia
Andrew Southcott MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Primary Healthcare
Senator Richard Colbeck Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, Industry and Science
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Forestry
Senator Cory Bernardi Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Leader of the Opposition (To 19 September 2012)
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Supporting Families (To 19 September 2012)
Senator Arthur Sinodinos Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Leader of the Opposition (From 19 September 2012)
Darren Chester MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Regional Transport
Senator Simon Birmingham Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray Darling Basin
Teresa Gambaro MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship and Settlement
Senator Gary Humphries Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Materiel
Tony Smith MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Tax Reform
Deputy Chairman, Coalition Policy Development Committee
Andrew Laming MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health Services and Indigenous Health
Senator Michaelia Cash Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration
Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate (From 19 September 2012)
Senator Fiona Nash Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Education
Don Randall MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government
Senator Scott Ryan Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Fair Competition
Jamie Briggs MP Chairman of the Scrutiny of Government Waste Committee
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Supporting Families (From 19 September 2012)

Other positions[edit]

Party Shadow Minister Portfolio
Liberal Warren Entsch MP
  • Chief Opposition Whip in the House of Representatives
Liberal Patrick Secker MP
  • Opposition Whip in House of Representatives:
Liberal Nola Marino MP
Liberal Senator Helen Kroger
  • Chief Opposition Whip in the Senate
Liberal Senator David Bushby
  • Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate
Liberal Senator Chris Back
National Mark Coulton MP
  • Nationals Chief Whip in the House of Representatives
National Paul Neville MP
  • Nationals Whip in the House of Representatives
National Senator John Williams
  • Nationals Whip in the Senate

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