Shadow Cabinet of Don Brash

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New Zealand political leader Don Brash assembled a "shadow cabinet" within the National Party caucus after his election to the position of Leader of the Opposition in 2003. He composed this of individuals who acted for the party as spokespeople in assigned roles while he was Leader of the Opposition (2003–2006).

Don Brash New Zealand politician

Donald Thomas Brash, formerly a New Zealand politician, was Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the National Party from 28 October 2003 to 27 November 2006, and the Leader of the ACT Party from 28 April 2011 to 26 November 2011. Before entering Parliament, Brash was Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand from 1988 to 2002.

As the National Party formed the largest party not in government at the time, the frontbench team was as a result the Official Opposition within the New Zealand House of Representatives.

New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

The New Zealand National Party, shortened to National or the Nats, is a centre-right political party in New Zealand. It is one of two major parties that dominate contemporary New Zealand politics, alongside its traditional rival, the New Zealand Labour Party.

Official Opposition (New Zealand)

Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, or commonly the Official Opposition, in New Zealand is usually the largest political party or coalition which is not a member of the ruling government—it does not provide ministers. This is usually the second-largest party in the House of Representatives, although in certain unusual circumstances it may be the largest party or even a third or fourth party.

New Zealand House of Representatives Sole chamber of New Zealand Parliament

The New Zealand House of Representatives is a component of the New Zealand Parliament, along with the Sovereign. The House passes all laws, provides ministers to form a Cabinet, and supervises the work of the Government. It is also responsible for adopting the state's budgets and approving the state's accounts.

Frontbench team

The list below contains a list of Brash's spokespeople and their respective roles as announced 26 October 2005. The first twenty-seven members are given rankings. [1]

RankSpokespersonPortfolio
1Dr Don Brash Leader of the Opposition
Spokesperson of SIS
Spokesperson of Relationships with non-government parties
2 Gerry Brownlee Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Leader of the House
Spokesperson of State Services
Spokesperson of Treaty of Waitangi Issues
Spokesperson of Maori Affairs
3Hon Bill English Spokesperson for Education
Deputy Spokesperson of Finance
4 John Key Spokesperson of Finance
5Hon Dr Nick Smith Spokesperson for the Environment/RMA
Spokesperson of Energy
Spokesperson of Building and Construction
Caucus Representative on the National Party board
6Hon Tony Ryall Spokesperson of Health
7 Simon Power Spokesperson of Law and Order (Police and Corrections)
8 Judith Collins Spokesperson of Welfare
Spokesperson of Veteran's Affairs
Spokesperson of Family Affairs
Liaison with Pacific Island New Zealanders
9 Katherine Rich Spokesperson of Economic Development
Spokesperson of SOE's
Liaison with Youth
10 David Carter Spokesperson of Agriculture
Spokesperson of Tourism
11 Murray McCully Spokesperson of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Spokesperson of Defense
Spokesperson of Conservation
Spokesperson of Sport and Recreation
12Hon Dr Lockwood Smith Spokesperson of Immigration
Spokesperson of Revenue
Associate Spokesperson of Finance
Liaison with ex-pats
13Hon Maurice Williamson Spokesperson for Transport
Spokesperson for Communications and Information
Spokesperson for Technology
14Dr Wayne Mapp Spokesperson for Labor and Industrial Relations
Spokesperson of Political Correctness eradication
Chair of Caucus Policy Committee
15Dr Richard Worth Spokesperson of Justice
Spokesperson of Local Government (Auckland)
16 Lindsay Tisch Chief Whip
Spokesperson of Racing
17 Tim Groser Spokesperson of Arts, Culture and Heritage
Associate Spokesperson of Foreign Affairs and Trade
18 Chris Finlayson Shadow Attorney-General
Associate Spokesperson of Treaty of Waitangi Issues and Maori Affairs (Treaty Negotiations)
Associate Spokesperson of Arts, Culture and Heritage
19 John Carter Spokesperson of Local Government
Spokesperson of Civil Defense
20 Pansy Wong Associate Spokesperson of Education (International Education)
Associate Spokesperson of Immigration
Associate Spokesperson of Revenue
Liaison with Asian New Zealanders
21 Georgina te Heuheu Spokesperson for Broadcasting
Associate Spokesperson of Defense
Associate Spokesperson for Treaty of Waitangi Issues and Maori Affairs (Maori development).
22 Paul Hutchison Spokesperson of ACC
Spokesperson of Disability Issues
Spokesperson of Research, Science and Technology/CRIs
Spokesperson of policy on children.
23 Shane Ardern Spokesperson of Fisheries
Spokesperson of Customs
Spokesperson of Biosecurity
Liaison with rural communities.
24 Phil Heatley Spokesperson of Housing
Associate Spokesperson of Energy
Associate Spokesperson of Fisheries
25 Tau Henare Associate Spokesperson for Treaty of Waitangi Issues and Maori Affairs (Treaty negotiations)
Associate Spokesperson of Education (Early Childhood)
26 Sandra Goudie Spokesperson of Senior Citizens
Spokesperson of Internal Affairs
Associate Spokesperson of Local Government
27 Brian Connell Spokesperson of Forestry
Spokesperson of Commerce
Spokesperson of Consumer Affairs
Spokesperson of Statistics

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References

  1. Who' Who 2005, p. 28-9.