Opposition Leader Revamps Shadow Ministry in Anticipation of Upcoming Election

In the wake of the Dunkley by-election, the Coalition has unveiled a revamped shadow ministry, signalling their readiness for the challenges ahead leading up to the next election.

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton expressed confidence that the new appointments would fortify the Coalition team for the crucial tasks on the horizon. The reshuffle comes in the aftermath of the Dunkley by-election, where Labor retained the seat, but the Liberals secured a notable 3.6 percent swing.

Among the key changes, Queensland’s Luke Howarth has been elevated to the position of shadow assistant treasurer and minister for financial services. Melissa McIntosh, a representative from New South Wales, will now shoulder the responsibility of shadow minister for energy affordability, with a focus on Western Sydney. Meanwhile, Victorian Senator James Paterson will assume the role of shadow cabinet secretary alongside his existing portfolio in home affairs.

Further strengthening the lineup, Western Australian MP Andrew Hastie will take on the dual role of shadow minister for defence industry and defence personnel, building upon his existing position within the defence portfolio.

Leader of the Opposition Peter Dutton emphasized the quality of the appointments, emphasizing unity within the Coalition and a continued dedication to addressing pertinent policy issues.

Additionally, several parliamentarians have been promoted to shadow assistant minister positions. Andrew Bragg from New South Wales will now serve as shadow assistant minister for home ownership, while James Stevens from South Australia will focus on government waste reduction. Queensland’s Phillip Thompson will expand his responsibilities to include assistant minister for defence industry and personnel.

Furthermore, Queensland Senator Paul Scarr will take on the role of shadow assistant minister for multicultural engagement, while New South Wales Senator Hollie Hughes will assume responsibility for mental health and suicide prevention, as well as the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

As the Coalition prepares for the forthcoming election, these appointments reflect a strategic reshuffle aimed at addressing key policy areas and presenting a strong alternative vision for Australia’s future.


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  • Fred Johnston March 6, 2024   Reply →

    Veterans Affairs does not rate a mention

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