Shadow Ministers

The Shadow Ministry is composed of senior Members of the Opposition in the Parliament who occupy the Opposition front benches in either the Legislative Assembly or the Legislative Council. They are allocated ‘shadow’ portfolios to match those of the Government.

A Shadow Minister’s role is to scrutinise, appraise and criticise policies and actions of a particular Government Minister and government departments under his or her responsibility. Shadow Ministry members are the Opposition’s main spokespeople in Parliament and to the public through the media. Unlike Ministers, Shadow Ministers may also serve on Parliamentary Committees.

In the Western Australian Parliament ‘Shadow Ministries’ date back to 1974 but they do not have official status. Only party Leaders, Deputy Leaders and party Whips receive an extra salary allowance for their roles.


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Hon. Dr Michael (Mike) Dennis Nahan MLA

Shadow Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

Hon. Liza Mary Harvey MLA

Shadow Minister for Transport; Planning; Lands

Mr Sean Kimberley L'Estrange MLA

Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Economic Development; Defence Issues; Innovation and ICT; Science

Mr Dean Cambell Nalder MLA

Shadow Treasurer ; Shadow Minister for Finance; Energy

Hon. William (Bill) Richard Marmion MLA

Shadow Minister for Health; Mental Health

Mr Peter Argyris Katsambanis MLA

Shadow Minister for Police; Road Safety; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations; Representative for the Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Minister for Commerce

Mr Ian Charles Blayney MLA

Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; Fisheries

Mr Antonio (Tony) Krsticevic MLA

Shadow Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

Mr John Edwin McGrath MLA

Shadow Minister for Racing and Gaming; Sport and Recreation

Ms Elizabeth (Libby) Mettam MLA

Shadow Minister for Tourism; Small Business

Mr Zak Richard Francis Kirkup MLA

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition

Mr Kyran Martin O'Donnell MLA

Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Hon. Kenneth (Ken) Charles Baston MLC

Shadow Minister for Emergency Services

Hon. James (Jim) Edward Chown MLC

Shadow Minister for Regional Development; Royalties for Regions

Hon. Peter Charles Collier MLC

Shadow Minister for Housing; Disability Services

Hon. Donna Evelyn Mary Faragher MLC

Shadow Minister for Education and Training; Women's Interests

Hon. Nicolas (Nick) Pierre Goiran MLC

Shadow Minister for Child Protection; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence

Hon. Michael Mischin MLC

Shadow Attorney General ; Minister for Commerce

Hon. Tjorn Dirk Sibma MLC

Shadow Minister for Community Services; Youth; Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Veterans Issues

Hon. Dr Steven (Steve) Caldwell Thomas MLC

Shadow Minister for Environment; Water