The Victorian Opposition Shadow Ministry was announced on October 29, 1999 by the new Opposition Leader, Dr. Denis Napthine.
The shadow cabinet has been expanded from the 18 in government to 22, in order to accommodate demands from the National Party.
The 4 leaders in both houses are automatically members of the shadow cabinet, the Liberal party room conducted an exhaustive ballot to elect 9 members, the National Party nominated 5 members, and Dr. Napthine chose 4 additional members (Baillieu, Leigh, Perton & Shardey).
The average age of the Opposition team is 47.8 years. There are 4 women in the shadow ministry.
|Victorian Coalition Shadow Ministry 1999|
|Opposition Leader||Dr. Denis Napthine|
|Deputy Opposition Leader; Treasurer||Louise Asher|
|Leader of the National Party; Agriculture||Pat McNamara|
|Opposition Leader in the Legislative Council; Science and Technology (including Employment and Industrial Relations||Mark Birrell|
|Tertiary Education and Training||Ted Baillieu|
|Housing; assisting on Rural Health||Bill Baxter|
|Local Government; Women’s Affairs||Leonie Burke|
|Planning (including Major Projects) and responsible for WorkCover||Robert Clark|
|Manufacturing and Regional Business; Ports||Geoff Craige|
|Natural Resources and Energy||Philip Davis|
|Community Services; Arts||Lorraine Elliott|
|Business and Consumer Affairs; Tourism; Aboriginal Affairs||Bill Forwood|
|Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs; Racing||Peter Hall|
|Finance; Gaming||Roger Hallam|
|Water Resources; Manager of Opposition Business in the Legislative Assembly||Stephen McArthur|
|Conservation and Environment; Multimedia||Victor Perton|
|Rural Development; Police and Emergency Services; Corrections; Deputy Leader of the National Party||Peter Ryan|
|Aged Care; Multicultural Affairs||Helen Shardey|