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A healthy and vibrant Opposition is regarded as essential in a parliamentary system of government.

Definition of Opposition: The party or parties which hold the second largest number of seats in the House of Representatives. The leader of that party or coalition of parties is known as the Opposition Leader and is the nation’s alternative Prime Minister.

A strong Opposition is able to question the government and hold it to account for its actions.

The Opposition is able to provide both alternative policies and an alternative government and Prime Minister.

The Opposition’s spokespeople are known as Shadow Ministers.

Shadow Ministries – Archived Posts

Opposition – Archived Posts

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