The Ages Of The Shorten ALP Shadow Ministry

This is a breakdown of the Shorten ALP Shadow Ministry based on age.

For comparative purposes, see the statistics on The Ages of The Turnbull Government Ministers.

Whereas Turnbull is currently the only member of the executive over the age of 60, the ALP has 8 such members, including 2 in the Shadow Cabinet: Jenny Macklin and Senator Kim Carr. In most respects, however, the age breakdown is fairly similar between the ALP and the Coalition.

The oldest member of the Shorten team is Warren Snowdon, 66, who first entered Parliament in 1987. The youngest is Senator Sam Dastyari, 32, who filled a casual vacancy in 2013.

The average age of the Shorten team is 50.2, compared to 48.7 for the government. Turnbull’s Cabinet has an average age of 49.4, compared to Shorten’s 50.0.

Shorten ALP Opposition – Ages of Shadow Ministers – Summary
Group 60-69 50-59 40-49 30-39 Total Average Age
CABINET
2
7
11
1
21
50.0
OUTER MINISTRY
2
2
3
2
9
48.4
PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES
4
6
4
2
16
51.4
TOTALS
8
15
18
5
46
50.2


Individual members of the Shorten shadow ministry are shown below.

Whilst Gary Gray and Alannah MacTiernan remain in the shadow ministry, both will be retiring at this year’s election.

Senator Lisa Singh has been relegated on the ALP’s Tasmanian Senate ticket and will find it difficult to be re-elected.

Note: For previous ministerial experience, I have not counted parliamentary secretary positions. Three members have had ministerial experience at the state or territory level and this is indicated. Senator Katy Gallagher is a former Chief Minister of the ACT.

Ages of the ALP Shadow Ministry – Individual
No. Name Date of Birth Age
(at April 10, 2016)
Entered Parliament Ministerial Experience
SHADOW CABINET (21)
1.
Jenny Macklin
29-12-53
62
1996
2007-13
2.
Sen. Kim Carr
02-07-55
60
1993
2011-13
3.
Mark Dreyfus
03-10-56
59
2007
2013
4.
Gary Gray
30-04-58
57
2007
2010-13
5.
Joel Fitzgibbon
16-01-62
54
1996
2007-09, 2013
6.
Brendan O’Connor
02-03-62
54
2001
2007-13
7.
Shayne Neumann
26-08-61
54
2007
8.
Anthony Albanese
02-03-63
53
1996
2007-13
9.
Sen. Stephen Conroy
18-07-63
53
1996
2007-13
10.
Catherine King
02-06-66
49
2001
2013
11.
Bill Shorten
12-05-67
48
2007
2010-13
12.
Richard Marles
13-07-68
48
2007
2013
13.
Sen. Penny Wong
05-11-68
47
2002
2007-13
14.
Sen. Katy Gallagher
18-03-70
46
2015
ACT 2001-14
ACT 2006-14
CM 2001-14
15.
Tony Burke
04-11-69
46
2004
2007-13
16.
Tanya Plibersek
02-12-69
46
1998
2007-13
17.
Mark Butler
08-07-70
45
2007
2010-13
18.
Jason Clare
22-03-72
44
2007
2010-13
19.
Michelle Rowland
16-11-71
44
2010
20.
Chris Bowen
17-01-73
43
2004
2007-13
21.
Kate Ellis
22-09-77
38
2004
2007-13
SHADOW OUTER MINISTRY (9)
1.
Sen. Doug Cameron
27-01-51
65
2008
2.
Sen. Claire Moore
19-02-56
60
2002
3.
Sharon Bird
15-11-62
53
2004
2013
4.
Stephen Jones
29-06-65
50
2010
5.
David Feeney
05-03-70
46
2008
6.
Julie Collins
03-07-71
44
2007
2011-13
7.
Andrew Leigh
03-08-72
43
2010
8.
Jim Chalmers
02-03-78
38
2013
9.
Amanda Rishworth
10-07-78
37
2007
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES (16)
1.
Warren Snowdon
30-03-50
66
1987-96
1998
2007-13
2.
Tony Zappia
13-06-52
63
2007
3.
Alannah MacTiernan
10-03-53
63
WA 1993-2010
2013
WA 2001-08
4.
Michael Danby
16-02-55
61
1998
5.
Sen. Helen Polley
09-02-57
59
2005
6.
Julie Owens
17-10-58
57
2004
7.
Sen. Jacinta Collins
04-09-62
53
1995-2005
2008
2013
8.
Sen. Carol Brown
19-07-63
52
2005
9.
Gai Brodtmann
24-11-63
52
2010
10.
Graham Perrett
05-01-66
50
2007
11.
Ed Husic
03-02-70
46
2010
12.
Sen. Lisa Singh
20-02-72
44
TAS 2006-10
2011
TAS 2008-10
13.
Nick Champion
27-02-72
44
2007
14.
Matt Thistlethwaite
06-09-72
43
2011
15.
Terri Butler
28-11-77
38
2014
16.
Sen. Sam Dastyari
28-07-83
32
2013


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