Who's who in the current Parliament

Meet the leaders in the current Australian Parliament, from our head of state to party leaders and Presiding Officers.

Government and opposition leadership—House of Representatives

Portrait of The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Mr Morrison is also the leader of the Liberal Party of Australia.

The Prime Minister is the leader of the Australian Government.

Portrait of The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Leader of the Opposition

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Mr Albanese is also the leader of the Australian Labor Party.

The Leader of the Opposition is a member of parliament who leads the largest party or coalition of parties that is not in government.

Portrait of The Hon Michael McCormack MP

Deputy Prime Minister

The Hon Michael McCormack MP

Mr McCormack is also the leader of The Nationals.

Portrait of The Hon Richard Marles MP

Deputy Leader of the Opposition

The Hon Richard Marles MP

Government and opposition leadership—Senate

Portrait of Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham

Leader of the Government in the Senate

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham

The Leader of the Government in the Senate is chosen by their party or coalition of parties to lead them in the Senate and is the main government spokesperson in the Senate.

Portrait of Senator the Hon Penny Wong

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

Senator the Hon Penny Wong

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate is chosen by their party or coalition of parties to lead them in the Senate and is the main opposition spokesperson in the Senate.

Presiding Officers

Portrait of The Hon Tony Smith MP

Speaker of the House of Representatives

The Hon Tony Smith MP

The Speaker sits at the head of the House of Representatives and is responsible for the orderly running of the House.

Portrait of Senator the Hon Scott Ryan

President of the Senate

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan

The President sits at the head of the Senate and is responsible for the orderly running of the Senate.

Australia's Head of State

Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Head of State

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

On the advice of the Australian Prime Minister, the Queen appoints the Governor-General to act on her behalf.

People in Parliament.

People in Parliament.

Parliamentary Education Office (peo.gov.au)

People in Parliament.

People in Parliament.

Parliamentary Education Office (peo.gov.au)

Description

This diagram shows a number of positions in the Australian Parliament and how they relate to each other.

The Australian Parliament is made up of the Queen (represented by the Governor-General), the Senate and the House of Representatives. The President of the Senate runs the meetings of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives runs the meetings of the House of Representatives.

The Government is made up of the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the Government in the Senate, ministers (the Executive) and backbenchers. The Opposition is made up of the Leader of the Opposition, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, shadow ministers and backbenchers.


Roles in the Australian Parliament.
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