Senator the Hon Penny Wong continues as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Senator the Hon Kristina Keneally has been elected as Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
Mr Albanese has also announced his shadow ministry. This includes all shadow ministers who scrutinise—closely examine—the work of government ministers, and explain opposition policies.
Dr Jim Chalmers MP is the new Shadow Treasurer, with the former Shadow Treasurer, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, taking on the role of Shadow Minister for Health. The Hon Catherine King MP, previously the Shadow Minister for Health, will now be the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.
The Hon Bill Shorten MP has been appointed Shadow Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Shadow Minister for Government Services.
Senator the Hon Kristina Keneally joins the shadow ministry as the Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, in a newly created shadow ministry to mirror the government’s Home Affairs portfolio. Senator Keneally will also be Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.
In addition to her continuing role as the Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon Linda Burney MP will also be the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians.
The Shadow Foreign Affairs portfolio will continue to be held by Senator the Hon Penny Wong, with Ms Madeleine King MP as the new Shadow Minister for Trade.