ALP ready for battle as Shorten announces his key players

Bill shorten
Bill shorten

IPSWICH's member for Blair, Shayne Neumann, is one of the big winners in the Federal Opposition's new ministry, leaping from being Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney General in the former government to now being spokesman for Indigenous Affairs.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced the results of his re-shuffled front benches after revealing the government's key players on Monday.

Mr Shorten will take on science and small business, backed up by a suite of parliamentary secretaries.

Deputy Leader and former health minister Tanya Plibersek has been put on a crash course with Julie Bishop with her portfolio of Foreign Affairs.

Penny Wong scored trade and investment, a manageable shift from her past role as Finance Minister.

Tasmanian Julie Collins will represent much of Australia's heartland as spokeswoman for regional development and local government.

Former minister Stephen Conroy's appointment as spokesman for defence was one of the major surprises in the big reveal, lifting him from years of expertise in the communications field, particularly when the National Broadband Network is likely to be a key battleground when Parliament resumes on November 12.

Chris Bowen is to be Treasury spokesman, building on the knowledge he picked up as Treasurer at the tail end of Labor's reign.

Mark Butler will remain in environment and climate change, a portfolio Mr Shorten said would be kept intact because "we believe it exists".

Anthony Albanese - who fought Mr Shorten for the leadership title - will stay in infrastructure but will now take on tourism, a portfolio not included in the new government's ministries.

"This is despite tourism generating more than $100 billion in expenditure every year, employing more than 530,000 Australians across the country and providing Australia's largest services export," Mr Albanese said.

Download a PDF of the full Shadow Cabinet here

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