Opposition (Queensland)

The Opposition in the Australian state of Queensland comprises the largest party or coalition of parties not in Government. 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. It is sometimes styled "Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition" to demonstrate that although it opposes the Government, it remains loyal to the Queen.

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 Deb Frecklington, and Tim Mander is the Deputy Leader. Their elections on 12 December 2017 came after the former Leader of the Opposition Tim Nicholls lost the November state election and resigned as party leader.

Current Shadow Ministry

The current shadow ministry was announced on 15 December 2017.[1] It is led by Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington and deputy leader Tim Mander, who were appointed in the roles on 12 December 2017.[2]

Portfolio Shadow Minister
Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Trade
Deb Frecklington
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Treasurer
Tim Mander
Shadow Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Andrew Powell
Shadow Minister for Employment and Small Business
Shadow Minister for Training and Skills Development
Fiona Simpson
Shadow Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
Shadow Minister for Women
Ros Bates
Shadow Minister for Education
Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations
Jarrod Bleijie
Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki
Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads Steve Minnikin
Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
Shadow Minister for Northern Queensland
Dale Last
Shadow Minister for Police and Counter-Terrorism
Shadow Minister for Corrective Services
Trevor Watts
Shadow Minister for Environment, Science and the Great Barrier Reef
Shadow Minister for Tourism
David Crisafulli
Shadow Minister for Agriculture
Shadow Minister for Fisheries and Forestry
Tony Perrett
Shadow Minister Housing and Public Works
Shadow Minister for Energy and Digital Innovation
Michael Hart
Shadow Minister for Local Government Ann Leahy
Shadow Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors
Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
Shadow Minister for the Arts
Christian Rowan
Shadow Minister for Sport, Racing and the Commonwealth Games
Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affaris
John-Paul Langbroek
Shadow Minister for Child Safety, Youth and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
Shadow Minister for Veterans
Stephen Bennett
Shadow Minister for Fire, Emergency Services and Volunteers Lachlan Millar
Shadow Assistant Minister
Shadow Assistant Minister to the Leader of the Opposition
Assistant Minister for Youth
Sam O'Connor
Shadow Assistant Treasurer Dan Purdie
Shadow Assistant Minister for State Development David Batt
Shadow Assistant Minister Tourism, Industry and Development Brent Mickelberg
Shadow Parliamentary Roles
Manager of Opposition Business Jarrod Bleijie
Chief Opposition Whip Rob Molhoek
Deputy Opposition Whip Mark Boothman
Party Secretary Ann Leahy

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