Plibersek New ALP Deputy Leader; Wong And Conroy Take Senate Positions; Shadow Ministry Elected

Tanya Plibersek has been elected deputy leader of the ALP at a Caucus meeting in Canberra today.

Plibersek, the member for Sydney since 1998 and Minister for Health in the former Labor government, will be Deputy Leader of the Opposition.

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Senator Penny Wong has been re-elected as Senate leader, the position she secured on June 26 when Kevin Rudd replaced Julia Gillard.

Senator Stephen Conroy has been elected deputy leader in the Senate. Conroy was deputy leader from 2001 until February this year when he became leader following the retirement of Senator Chris Evans. Conroy quit as Senate leader and Minister for Communications when Rudd replaced Gillard. In returning to the deputy leader’s position, he replaces Senator Jacinta Collins who has held the position since the Rudd takeover in June.

The ALP Caucus also elected the shadow ministry today. It will consist of:

  1. Leader: Bill Shorten
  2. Deputy Leader: Tanya Plibersek
  3. Senate Leader: Senator Penny Wong
  4. Senate Deputy Leader: Senator Stephen Conroy
  5. Anthony Albanese
  6. Sharon Bird
  7. Chris Bowen
  8. Tony Burke
  9. Mark Butler
  10. Senator Kim Carr
  11. Jason Clare
  12. Julie Collins
  13. Mark Dreyfus
  14. Kate Ellis
  15. Senator Don Farrell
  16. David Feeney
  17. Joel Fitzgibbon
  18. Gary Gray
  19. Senator Doug Cameron
  20. Catherine King
  21. Andrew Leigh
  22. Jenny Macklin
  23. Richard Marles
  24. Senator Jan McLucas
  25. Senator Claire Moore
  26. Shayne Neumann
  27. Brendan O’Connor
  28. Melissa Parke
  29. Bernie Ripoll
  30. Michelle Rowland

Newcomers to the shadow ministry are: Senator Claire Moore and Michelle Rowland.

Previous parliamentary secretaries who have entered the shadow ministry proper are: Senator Doug Cameron, David Feeney, Andrew Leigh, Shayne Neumann and Bernie Ripoll.

Previous ministers who are not in the shadow ministry are: Senator Bob Carr, Senator Jacinta Collins, Kate Lundy and Warren Snowdon. Carr is expected to resign from the Senate in the near future. Collins, the biggest loser in the Caucus election, was a parliamentary secretary during the Gillard government and became a minister and deputy Senate leader after Rudd’s return. Lundy and Snowdon are believed to have been dropped by the Left faction because they supported Shorten in the leadership ballot.

Former Parliamentary Secretary Ed Husic also missed out on promotion.

There are 11 women in the shadow ministry, the same number as in the previous Rudd government. There are 8 women from the Left and 3 from the Right.

Shorten will announce the allocation of portfolios on Friday. The shadow ministry will hold its first meeting on October 21.

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