Opposition (Australia)

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In Australian parliamentary practice, the Opposition or Official Opposition is usually the official title of the second largest party or coalition of parties in the Australian House of Representatives with its leader being given the title Leader of the Opposition. The Opposition serves the same function as the official opposition in other Commonwealth of Nations monarchies that follow the Westminster conventions and practices. It is seen as the alternative government and the existing administration's main opponent in the Australian Parliament and at a general election. By convention, the Opposition Leader in the federal Parliament comes from the House of Representatives, as does the deputy, although the Government and Opposition may also both have leaders in the Senate. The Opposition is sometimes styled as Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition[1] to show that, although the group may be against the sitting government, it remains loyal to the Crown (the embodiment of the Australian state), and thus to Australia.

The current Opposition at a federal level is the centre-left Australian Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, Shadow Cabinet of Australia.

State and Territory Opposition

The Opposition parties and leaders of Australian States and Territories are:

State/Territory Opposition Party / Coalition Leader of the Opposition Shadow Cabinet
Australian Capital Territory Liberal Party Alistair Coe Australian Capital Territory Shadow Cabinet[2]
New South Wales Labor Party Jodi McKay New South Wales Shadow Cabinet
Northern Territory Country Liberal Party Lia Finocchiaro Northern Territory Shadow Cabinet[3]
Queensland Liberal National Party Deb Frecklington Queensland Shadow Cabinet
South Australia Labor Party Peter Malinauskas South Australia Shadow Cabinet[4]
Tasmania Labor Party Rebecca White Tasmania Shadow Cabinet[5]
Victoria Liberal Party (coalition) Michael O'Brien Victoria Shadow Cabinet[6]
National Party (coalition)
Western Australia Liberal Party Liza Harvey Western Australia Shadow Cabinet

See also


  1. ^ Maiden, Samantha (18 November 2010). "Altar egos clash over Wills and Babykins". The Australian. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  2. ^ https://www.parliament.act.gov.au/members/responsibilities
  3. ^ https://parliament.nt.gov.au/members/shadow-ministry
  4. ^ https://www.parliament.sa.gov.au/en/Members/Shadow-Cabinet
  5. ^ http://www.parliament.tas.gov.au/HA/LaborCab.htm
  6. ^ https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/about/people-in-parliament/members-search/list-all-current-shadow-ministers