New Federal Shadow Ministry

Federal Labor Leader Kevin Rudd yesterday announced his new Shadow Ministry. Its composition reflects the four key policy areas upon which Labor will base its election campaign – the economy; social equity; climate change and the environment; and national security.

Deputy Leader Julia Gillard takes responsibility for the new portfolios of Employment and Industrial Relations, and Social Inclusion. Former industrial relations spokesperson, Stephen Smith moves to the Education and Training portfolio.

Wayne Swan continues as Shadow Treasurer, and Lindsay Tanner retains the Finance portfolio. Craig Emerson rejoins the frontbench as Shadow Minister for the Service Economy, Small Business and Independent Contractors. Chris Bowen has also been promoted to the frontbench as Assistant Treasurer.

Peter Garrett assumes responsibility for Climate Change, Environment and Heritage. He retains responsibility for the Arts. Former Environment spokesperson, Anthony Albanese takes specific responsibility for Water and Infrastructure, and also becomes Manager of Opposition Business.

Portfolios have been reshuffled to reflect the Opposition’s focus on economic development and industry. Kim Carr in his new role as Shadow Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science and Research is responsible for Labor’s alternative manufacturing policy.

Senate Leader Chris Evans takes on National Development, Resources and Energy in recognition of the significance the resources and energy sector will continue to have for Australia’s economic prosperity. Simon Crean’s portfolio has been expanded, he becomes the Shadow Minister for Trade and Regional Development.

Bob McMullan is responsible for the new portfolio of Federal/State Relations and will oversee the development of Labor’s Federalism reform program, flagged by Kevin Rudd last week.

With a range of experience in related portfolios, Robert McClelland becomes the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. Joel Fitzgibbon becomes Shadow Minister for Defence.

Tony Burke’s Immigration portfolio has been widened to include Integration and Citizenship. Laurie Ferguson also expands his responsibilities to become Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Urban Development and Consumer Affiars.

Former Deputy Leader Jenny Macklin takes on the Families and Community Services portfolio, including responsibility for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation. Tanya Plibersek is responsible for Human Services, Housing, Youth and Women.

Kelvin Thomson becomes Shadow Attorney General, replacing Nicola Roxon who moves to the Health portfolio.

Federal Shadow Ministry
Shadow Minister Portfolio
Kevin Rudd Leader
Julia Gillard Deputy Leader
Employment and Industrial Relations
Social Inclusion
Chris Evans Leader in the Senate
National Development, Resources and Energy
Stephen Conroy Deputy Leader in the Senate
Communications and Information Technology
Anthony Albanese Water and Infrastructure
Manager of Opposition Business
Arch Bevis Homeland Security
Chris Bowen Assistant Treasurer
Revenue and Competition Policy
Tony Burke Immigration, Integration and Citizenship
Kim Carr Industry
Innovation, Science and Research
Simon Crean Trade and Regional Development
Craig Emerson Service Economy, Small Business and Independent Contractors
Laurie Ferguson Multicultural Affairs, Urban Development and Consumer Affairs
Martin Ferguson Transport, Roads and Tourism
Joel Fitzgibbon Defence
Peter Garrett Climate Change, Environment and Heritage
Alan Griffin Veterans Affairs
Defence Science and Personnel
Special Minister of State
Joseph Ludwig Justice and Customs
Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate
Kate Lundy Local Government
Sport, Recreation and Health Promotion
Jenny Macklin Families and Community Services
Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation
Robert McClelland Foreign Affairs
Jan McLucas Ageing, Disabilities and Carers
Bob McMullan Federal/State Relations
International Development Assistance
Kerry O’Brien Primary Industries, Fisheries and Forestry
Tanya Plibersek Human Services, Housing, Youth and Women
Nicola Roxon Health
Nick Sherry Superannuation and Intergenerational Finance, Banking and Financial Services
Stephen Smith Education and Training
Wayne Swan Treasurer
Lindsay Tanner Finance
Kelvin Thomson Attorney General
Deputy Manager of Opposition Business
Penny Wong Public Administration and Accountability
Corporate Governance and Responsibility
Workforce Participation