ALP Shadow Ministry: On the front foot

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Newly minted Labor Leader, Anthony Albanese has unveiled his new look Shadow Ministry with fresh blood and old hands to steer the ship. In elevating four newcomers into the Shadow Cabinet, Albo can boast of a 50/50 split down gender lines (12 male and 12 female) and in his words – all appointed on merit.

The Labor economic team has been refreshed. Jim Chalmers, a leadership contender in his own right, will oversee Treasury with former ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher one of the big winners moving into Finance.

The national security team has also received a shakeup with Kristina Keneally taking Home Affairs, Immigration and Citizenship, Labor’s first Home Affairs Shadow Minister since the Department was created in 2017. Meanwhile, Deputy Labor Leader, Richard Marles stays put in Defence while ALP Senate Leader, Penny Wong, retains Foreign Affairs.

Former Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen, will take on Health in a move that may soften voters’ view of him. Bowen will be well supported by Julie Collins in Ageing and Seniors, and Emma McBride, who has been promoted into to the Shadow Ministry overseeing Mental Health; a priority portfolio for the PM.

Catherine King accepts a new challenge and will head to Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development. She’ll work closely with Jason Clare who will hold Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, as well as Housing and Homelessness. In a sign that Albo will try to win over Queensland, Senate attack dog, Murray Watt becomes Shadow Minister for Northern Australia, a position the party has not had for its six years in opposition so far.

For the first time in our nation’s history, an Indigenous MP will hold both the ministry and shadow minister portfolios for Indigenous Affairs with Linda Burney taking the role. Meanwhile, Bill Shorten has come full circle. After driving the development of the NDIS during his first days as a junior minister, Shorten will now hold Stuart Robert to account as the Shadow Minister for NDIS and Government Services.

Others will remain in place including Tanya Plibersek (Education), Mark Butler (Climate Change and Energy), Mark Dreyfus (Attorney-General), and Michelle Rowland (Communications). Brendan O’Connor holds Employment but gains the portfolios of Industry and Science, formerly held by Senator Kim Carr.

In announcing his team, Albo hopes to usher in a new optimism. While some up and comers have been left out, Labor has some strong performers in place who will hold the Coalition to account come 2 July when Parliament returns. Yet, underneath the surface, much soul-searching remains.

The Shadow Ministry

  • Anthony Albanese MP, Leader of the Opposition

  • Richard Marles MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Defence

  • Senator Penny Wong, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs

  • Senator Kristina Keneally, Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

  • Tony Burke MP, Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Shadow Minister for the Arts, Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives

  • Bill Shorten MP, Shadow Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Shadow Minister for Government Services

  • Tanya Plibersek MP, Shadow Minister for Education and Training

  • Dr Jim Chalmers MP, Shadow Treasurer

  • Mark Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives

  • Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Minister for Health

  • Catherine King MP, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

  • Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources

  • Senator Don Farrell, Shadow Special Minister of State, Shadow Minister for Sport, Shadow Minister for Tourism, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition

  • Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Shadow Attorney-General, Shadow Minister for Constitutional Reform

  • Michelle Rowland MP, Shadow Minister for Communications

  • Senator Katy Gallagher, Shadow Minister for Finance, Shadow Minister for the Public Service, Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate

  • Linda Burney MP, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians

  • Julie Collins MP, Shadow Minister for Ageing and Seniors, Shadow Minister for Women

  • Brendan O’Connor MP, Shadow Minister for Employment and Industry, Shadow Minister for Science, Shadow Minister for Small and Family Business

  • Jason Clare MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness

  • Amanda Rishworth MP, Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education, Shadow Minister for Youth

  • Terri Butler MP, Shadow Minister for the Environment and Water

  • Madeleine King MP, Shadow Minister for Trade

Outer Shadow Ministry

  • Stephen Jones MP, Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Financial Services

  • Shayne Neumann MP, Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel

  • Clare O’Neil MP, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Technology and the Future of Work

  • Pat Conroy MP, Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Shadow Minister Assisting for Climate Change, Shadow Minister Assisting for Defence

  • Andrew Giles MP, Shadow Minister for Cities and Urban Infrastructure, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Shadow Minister Assisting for Immigration and Citizenship

  • Matt Keogh MP, Shadow Minister for Defence Industry, Shadow Minister for Western Australian Resources, Shadow Minister Assisting for Small and Family Business

  • Senator Murray Watt, Shadow Minister for Northern Australia, Shadow Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management

Shadow Assistant Ministers

  • Senator Jenny McAllister, Shadow Cabinet Secretary, Shadow Assistant Minister to the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

  • Senator Carol Brown, Shadow Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Tourism, Shadow Assistant Minister for Tasmania

  • Senator Patrick Dodson, Shadow Assistant Minister for Reconciliation, Shadow Assistant Minister for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians

  • Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury, Shadow Assistant Minister for Charities

  • Warren Snowdon MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Northern Australia and External Territories, Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Australians

  • Graham Perrett MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Education and Training

  • Emma McBride MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Carers

  • Senator Glenn Sterle, Shadow Assistant Minister for Road Safety

  • Dr Mike Kelly AM MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence

  • Matt Thistlethwaite MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Financial Services, Shadow Assistant Minister for the Republic

  • Ged Kearney MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Skills, Shadow Assistant Minister for Aged Care

  • Josh Wilson MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for the Environment

  • Senator Kimberley Kitching, Shadow Assistant Minister for Government Accountability, Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate

  • Senator Louise Pratt, Shadow Assistant Minister for Manufacturing

  • Tim Watts MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications, Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security

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