Shadow Ministry of Australia

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The Shadow Ministry of Australia (also known as the Opposition Front Bench) is a group of senior Opposition spokespeople who are regarded as the alternative Cabinet to the Cabinet of Australia, whose members shadow or mark each individual Minister or portfolio of the Government. Neither the Shadow Cabinet nor the Shadow Ministers have any official status in the Parliament of Australia. The Shadow Cabinet's membership is determined by the rules and practices of the Opposition party.

Since the 2013 Labor leadership ballot resulting from the 2013 Australian federal election, the Shadow Cabinet has been led by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten of the Australian Labor Party. Prime Minister Scott Morrison of the Liberal/National Coalition has led the Morrison Government since the 2018 Liberal leadership ballot.

Members of the current Shadow Cabinet

Following the narrow defeat at the 2016 election, the Australian Labor Party reelected Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek as leader and deputy leader respectively. On 23 July 2016, the Shadow Cabinet was announced.[1]

Officeholder Office(s)
Bill Shorten MP
  • Leader of the Opposition (2013–present)
  • Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (2016–present)
Tanya Plibersek MP
Senator Penny Wong
Senator Don Farrell
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (2016–present)
  • Shadow Special Minister of State (2016–present)
  • Shadow Minister for Sport (2016–present)
Chris Bowen MP
  • Shadow Treasurer (2013–present)
Tony Burke MP
  • Shadow Minister for Environment and Water (2016–present)
  • Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia (2016–present)
  • Shadow Minister for the Arts (2016–present)
  • Manager of Opposition Business (2013–present)
Mark Butler MP
  • Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy (2016–present)
Jenny Macklin MP
  • Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services (2016–present)
Richard Marles MP
  • Shadow Minister for Defence (2016–present)
Anthony Albanese MP
  • Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (2016–present)
  • Shadow Minister for Tourism (2013–present)
Jim Chalmers MP
  • Shadow Minister for Finance (2016–present)
Brendan O'Connor MP
  • Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations (2013–present)
Mark Dreyfus QC MP
  • Shadow Attorney-General (2013–present)
  • Shadow Minister for National Security (2016–present)
  • Deputy Manager of Opposition Business (2013–present)
Shayne Neumann MP
  • Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2016–present)
Senator Kim Carr
  • Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (2016–present)
Michelle Rowland MP
  • Shadow Minister for Communications (2016–present)
Joel Fitzgibbon MP
  • Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (2015–present)
  • Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Australia (2016–present)
Jason Clare MP
  • Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia (2016–present)
  • Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment (2016–present)
Catherine King MP
  • Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare (2016–present)
Julie Collins MP
  • Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health (2016–present)
Kate Ellis MP
  • Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development (2016–present)
  • Shadow Minister for TAFE and Vocational Education (2013–present)

Outer Shadow Ministry

Officeholder Office(s)
Senator Doug Cameron
  • Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships (2016–present)
  • Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness (2016–present)
Senator Claire Moore
  • Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific (2016–present)
Andrew Leigh MP
  • Shadow Assistant Treasurer (2013–present)
  • Shadow Minister for Competition and Productivity (2016–present)
  • Shadow Minister for Charities and Not-for-Profits (2016–present)
  • Shadow Minister for Trade in Services (2016–present)
Tim Hammond MP
  • Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs (2016–present)
  • Shadow Minister Assisting for Resources (2016–present)
Linda Burney MP
  • Shadow Minister for Human Services (2016–present)
Senator Carol Brown
  • Shadow Minister for Disability and Carers (2016–present)
Amanda Rishworth MP
  • Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs (2016–present)
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence Personnel (2016–present)
Stephen Jones MP
  • Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government (2016–present)
  • Shadow Minister for Regional Communications (2016–present)
Ed Husic MP
  • Shadow Minister for Employment Services, Workforce Participation and Future of Work (2016–present)
  • Shadow Minister for Digital Economy (2016–present)
Clare O'Neil MP
  • Shadow Minister for Justice (2013–present)

Shadow Assistant Ministers

Officeholder Office(s)
Senator Pat Dodson
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (2016–present)
Senator Jacinta Collins
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary (2013–present)
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Early Childhood (2016–present)
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia (2016–present)
Terri Butler MP
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Family Violence and Child Safety (2016–present)
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Universities (2016–present)
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Equality (2016–present)
Senator Helen Polley
  • Shadow Assistant Minister to the Leader (Tasmania) (2016–present)
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Ageing (2016–present)
Andrew Giles MP
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Schools (2016–present)
Matt Thistlethwaite MP
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury (2016–present)
Julie Owens MP
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Small Business (2016–present)
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia (2016–present)
Pat Conroy MP
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for the Climate Change (2016–present)
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Infrastructure (2016–present)
Senator Louise Pratt
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Families and Communities (2016–present)
Warren Snowdon MP
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC (2016–present)
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for External Territories (2016–present)
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Northern Australia (2016–present)
Gai Brodtmann MP
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence (2016–present)
Mike Kelly AM, MP
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence Industry and Support (2016–present)
Lisa Chesters MP
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Workplace Relations (2016–present)
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Rural and Regional Australia (2016–present)
Nick Champion MP
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Manufacturing and Science (2016–present)
Tony Zappia MP
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Medicare (2016–present)

Members of the 1st Shadow Cabinet 2013-2015

Members of the 2nd Shadow Cabinet 2015-2016

See also


  1. ^ Murphy, Katharine (23 July 2016). "Tanya Plibersek gets education portfolio in new shadow ministry". Guardian Australia. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
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