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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. Liza Mary Harvey MLA

Shadow Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development; Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations; Citizenship & Multicultural Affairs

Hon. William (Bill) Richard Marmion MLA

Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Local Government; Science

Hon. Peter Charles Collier MLC

Shadow Minister for Disability Services; Sport and Recreation; LC Opposition Policy Co-Ordinator

Hon. Michael Mischin MLC

Shadow Attorney General ; Shadow Minister for Heritage; Culture and the Arts

Mr Zak Richard Francis Kirkup MLA

Shadow Minister for Health; Mental Health; Innovation & Disruptive Technologies; Aboriginal Affairs

Mr Dean Cambell Nalder MLA

Shadow Treasurer ; Shadow Minister for Energy

Mr Sean Kimberley L'Estrange MLA

Shadow Minister for Corrective Services; Emergency Services; Defence Issues; Racing & Gaming

Hon. Donna Evelyn Mary Faragher MLC

Shadow Minister for Education and Training; Women's Interests

Mr Peter Argyris Katsambanis MLA

Shadow Minister for Police; Justice; Road Safety; Industrial Relations

Hon. Nicolas (Nick) Pierre Goiran MLC

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

Ms Elizabeth (Libby) Mettam MLA

Shadow Minister for Transport; Ports; Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader

Mr Antonio (Tony) Krsticevic MLA

Shadow Minister for Community Services; Youth; Special Shadow Minister for Homelessness; Housing; Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader in Citizenship & Multicultural Affairs

Hon. James (Jim) Edward Chown MLC

Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food; Regional Development; Royalties for Regions; Fisheries

Hon. Simon O'Brien MLC

Shadow Minister for Electoral Affairs

Hon. Kenneth (Ken) Charles Baston MLC

Shadow Minister for Northern Australia

Mr Kyran Martin O'Donnell MLA

Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering

Dr David John Honey MLA

Shadow Minister for Water; Industrial Development; Lands; LA Opposition Policy Co-ordinator

Hon. Dr Steven (Steve) Caldwell Thomas MLC

Shadow Minister for Finance; Environment; Forestry

Mrs Alyssa Kathleen Hayden MLA

Shadow Minister for Tourism; Small Business

Hon. Tjorn Dirk Sibma MLC

Shadow Minister for Planning; Government Accountability and Procurement; Public Sector Integrity and Performance (Assisting the Leader for Public Sector Management); Veterans Issues