Leader of the Labor Party Leader of the Opposition
Daniel Andrews MP (Left)
Shadow Minister for Veteransâ€™ Affairs; Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs; Shadow Minister for Children & Young Adults
Dan the Man has stepped up for the unpleasant task of being first Opposition leader after leaving government. Has had a reasonably good start so far talking about his family values, while Premier Baillieu has had a pretty clumsy week as he begins to be reminded of some very extravagant promises he made over the past month. Early days though.
Deputy Leader of the Labor Party; Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Rob Hulls MP (Labor Unity although if he was any wetter heâ€™d rust)
Shadow Minister for Education
Many assumed the Hullsmeister wanted out and was grooming one of his former minstaff to replace him in Niddrie. But heâ€™s stepped up to remain as Deputy and whatever his intentions most in the party seemed pretty pleased he was willing to stick around. Heâ€™s a bit like the enforcer you leave on the field to protect the younger players. He has already this week launched a cross-portfolio attack on the government for daring to downscale â€œHuman Rights Weekâ€ one of the legacy projects of Hullstopia when he was Attorney-General. The Age seemed especially outraged. We laughed for at least fifteen minutes, watching the concerned Melissa Fyfe tweeting with sad faces about this dreadful occurrence. We suspect Victoria will survive pretty well without the weekly celebration of the Human Rights Charter.
Leader of the Labor Party (Legislative Council); Leader of the Opposition (Legislative Council)
John Lenders MLC (Labor Unity)
Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food Security; Shadow Minister for Water; Shadow Minister for Resources; Shadow Minister for Commonwealth State Relations
Mischievous state Gallery folks talked Lenders new gig down as a demotion when it was the highly able former Treasurer who loudly pushed for former ministers to be shuffled into new areas and not act like a government in exile by keeping everyone where they were. He was totally right and he will personally go over well in country Victoria. The nonsense food security issue has been added to his list of duties for a bit of enviro-fadism. Having exhausted peopleâ€™s credulity on climate change, this is the latest worldwide enviro-scare-campaign.
Deputy Leader of the Labor Party (Legislative Council) Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Legislative Council)
Gavin Jennings MLC (Left)
Shadow Minister for Health; Shadow Minister for Mental Health
Some thought Jennings might pull the pin after a big health scare last year but his big portfolio undermines that talk. Health is a potentially great area for Labor, especially if the Coalition go commando by knocking back the Fedâ€™s health funding reforms. Hospitals have tended to leak like sieves to Labor Oppositions so itâ€™s a big opportunity for the lefty leader.
Jacinta Allan MP (Left)
Manager of Opposition Business; Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development; Shadow Minister for Bushfire Response; Shadow Minister for Roads
Presents well does Jacinta, once the favoured pet of the Brumby regime. She annoys colleagues sometimes through her determination to get stuff for her electorate, perhaps thatâ€™s why they keep voting for her.
Lily Dâ€™Ambrosio MP (Left)
Shadow Minister for Consumer Protection; Shadow Minister for Energy; Shadow Minister for the Cost of Living; Shadow Minister for the Suburbs
Lily has got a promotion of sorts from the limited area she had as a minister. Sheâ€™ll want to get some runs on the board quite early in those areas. Cost of living, energy bills, consumer rights are all excellent areas of political opportunity for any opposition, but will Lily be able to build a profile in that, presumably her sub-factional ally leader Andrews thinks so and is testing her.
Luke Donnellan MP (Labor Unity)
Shadow Minister for Child Safety; Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation
Luke is a potential leader of the party according to many observers, likeable, diligent and is one of the better connected state MPs. Not sure what to make of his portfolios, certainly some good PR opportunities if youâ€™re an incumbent sports minister but might be a challenge to get his head on tele with that lot from the other side.
Danielle Green MP (Labor Unity)
Shadow Minister for Emergency Services; Shadow Minister for Disability Services; Shadow Minister for Health Promotion; Shadow Minister for Volunteers
Danielle is a bona fide hero volunteer fire-fighter who risked her life during Victoriaâ€™s devastating bushfires and is very well-placed to restore Laborâ€™s connection with CFA volunteers that appeared a little frayed in the last year.
Jill Hennessy MP (Left)
Shadow Minister for Corrections; Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention; Shadow Minister for the Anti Corruption Commission; Shadow Minister for Women
Regarded by some in the Left as a possible leader down the track, Hennessy is bright and will go to bed praying for prison escapes, which seem very rare these days. Although the Liberal potential own-goal factory, ICAC, could be a very fruitful area for her. Baillieu is apparently most insistent that ICAC be rushed through early next year. Who will be the first Liberal to fall to its stupidity?
Steve Herbert MP (Left)
Shadow Minister for Higher Education; Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships; Shadow Minister for the Teaching Profession
Herbie held on to his marginal seat and is one of few Kim Carr aligned lefties whoâ€™ve ever been allowed on the state Labor front-bench. The Giles part of the Left kept them in a ministerial District Nine for years. Heâ€™s very hard-working so it will be interesting to see how that translates in an area that could be carnage-filled following Baillieuâ€™s bizarre gratuitous commitment to make Vic teachers the â€œbest paid in Australiaâ€ without actually costing it or now appearing to deliver it.
Tim Holding MP (NUW)
Shadow Treasurer; Shadow Minister for Industry
Holding could easily have been Treasurer in the last term of government but lost an arm-wrestle with Lenders for it. Widely seen as a very smart, tough and hard-working chap. Kim Wells will not want to make many errors while Holding is watching. Libs will attack him for massive desal plant for which he was minister responsible, arguing it was an example of waste, although when Melbourne was on the verge of becoming a thirsty ghost-town, it did seem like an extremely good idea so not sure how that will play. Everyone assumes has leadership aspirations but is very chummy with new Leader.
Justin Madden MP (Labor Unity)
Shadow Minister for Innovation; Shadow Minister for Small Business; Shadow Minister for Tourism & Major Events
Copped a hiding in Planning from the AgeBC brigade whose support for high-rises doesnâ€™t even extend to the apartments their journalists dwell in. No doubt relieved to be out of it and into kinder and gentler territory.
James Merlino MP (SDA)
Shadow Minister for Police; Shadow Minister for the TAC & Road Safety
Contemplated running for Deputy leader but didnâ€™t have numbers. Wasnâ€™t Police minister for long in previous government so stays in the role. Has a lot to do to win over Police Association and members after the governmentâ€™s association with a Chief Commissioner seen as not very popular with the members of VicPol. Should follow role model of famed shadow Police minister Andre Haermeyer who turned law & order into a positive for the Labor Opposition in the late â€˜90s.
Jenny Mikakos MLC (Left)
Shadow Minister for Seniors & Ageing; Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Children & Young Adults; Shadow Minister for Youth Justice
Another Kim Carr ally whose ship has come in. Worked like a trojan to smite the Greens in the inner-city earning her the admiration of many former factional foes. We even gave her a few nods of support when we saw her on the hustings; she seemed slightly unconvinced of our love.
Lisa Neville MP (Labor Unity)
Shadow Minister for Environment & Climate Change; Shadow Minister for the Arts
Lisa is smart and able and should be able to navigate around the twin dangers of 1) offending nasty climate extremists and 2) agreeing to policies that would shaft working families by massive increasing the cost of heating and cooling and running their home. No doubt relieved to rid of Community Services killing fields.
Martin Pakula MLC (NUW)
Shadow Attorney General; Shadow Minister for Gaming & Racing; Opposition Scrutiny of Government
Very well suited to A-G and ripping into the government. Will be much less human rights focused than Hulls who seemed to think he was on a winner when really did seem like a weiner. Most of the victims of crime are battlers and the most vulnerable in our community, if Labor doesnâ€™t get that and gets seduced/conned/distracted by the AgeBC/Human Rights Week brigade then it will miss a huge area of political opportunity. The new A-G Robert Clark is a tough ideological right-winger and will be hard to ping but Pakula is tough, articulate and no bleeding heart.
Tim Pallas MP (NUW)
Shadow Minister for Employment; Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations; Shadow Minister for Ports; Shadow Minister for Major Projects and Infrastructure
This government could have some major industrial grief if theyâ€™re not careful. Pallas, a former NUW official, has very strong connections with most of the unions who could play up and will be kept very informed as a result. Nearly didnâ€™t make the shadow ministry list and was believed to be extremely annoyed at the insult that represented. The arguments over this occasioned a probably temporary split in the rebel right group as they sorted out who would get some frontbench love. One of the previous governments good ministers, Leader Daniel Andrews intervened and gave him a berth. A good call.
Fiona Richardson MP (Labor Unity)
Shadow Minister for Public Transport
Maybe the biggest promotion, Richardson has a huge opportunity here unless the new Premier can wave his Tiffanyâ€™s magic wand and â€œfix the problemsâ€ instantly, thereâ€™ll be lots of material for her to ping them with. Richardsonâ€™s stunning result in Northcote â€“ where she smashed the once-surging Greens â€“ has won her much favourable attention. One to watch.
Robin Scott MP (Feeney)
Shadow Minister for Finance; Shadow Minister for Workcover
Good opportunity for the factional numbers-man to broaden his counting skills to whole new frontiers, one of few MPs to actually watch how much Parliamentary Services spends (wastes) on everything from PCs to telephony.Â Will be watching government spending on advertising spin-doctors, office refurbs, overseas travel and all that like a hawk.
Adem Somyurek MLC (SDA/Feeney)
Shadow Minister for Technology; Shadow Minister for Manufacturing; Shadow Minister for Electoral Reform
The rebel rightâ€™s talented Adem Somyurek couldnâ€™t get much love from the 1 Treasury Place know-alls in the previous government and will savour the opportunity to shadow Gordon Rich-Phillips in the upper house and be able to rip into the government for its opposition to the NBN.
Brian Tee MLC (Left)
Shadow Minister for Planning; Shadow Minister for Sustainable Growth
The Leftâ€™s Brian Tee was going to be a minister in the previous government until rolled by the more factionally connected Lily Dâ€™Ambrosio. Regarded as a talent and will need some political skill to re-connect Labor with the nimby (not in my backyard) groups who provide Oppositions with easy headlines. His opponent, Matthew Guy, will struggle to get the horribly tricky politics of Planning right, as he raised the expectations of many nimby groups very high.
Richard Wynne MP (Left)
Shadow Minister for Housing; Shadow Minister for Local Government; Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Closing the Gap; Shadow Minister for A Fairer Victoria
Wynne did well to see off the nasty Greens in Richmond, when many had thought heâ€™d be road-kill. His changes to local government when minister continue to cause menace and loathing in that troubled tier of government including the absurd ban on councillors working as electorate officers or as ministerial staff and conflict of interest laws that make serving on a local council a dangerous minefield. This area probably should have been given to someone new.