Shadow Cabinet of Robert Muldoon

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New Zealand political leader Robert Muldoon assembled a "shadow cabinet" within the National Party caucus after his election to the position of Leader of the Opposition in 1974. He composed this of individuals who acted for the party as spokespeople in assigned roles while he was Leader of the Opposition (1974–75). [1]

Robert Muldoon Prime Minister of New Zealand, politician

Sir Robert David Muldoon, also known as Rob Muldoon, was a New Zealand politician who served as the 31st Prime Minister of New Zealand, from 1975 to 1984, while Leader of the National Party.

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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

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Frontbench team

The list below contains a list of Muldoon's shadow ministers and their respective roles. [2]

RankShadow MinisterPortfolio
1Hon Robert Muldoon Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister of Finance
2Hon Brian Talboys Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister of Regional Development
3Hon Peter Gordon Shadow Minister of Labour
Shadow Minister of Immigration
Shadow Minister of State Services
4Hon Lance Adams-Schneider Shadow Minister of Manufacturing
Shadow Minister of Commerce
5 David Thomson Shadow Minister of Justice
6Hon George Gair Shadow Minister of Housing
7Hon Les Gandar Shadow Minister of Education
Shadow Minister of Science & Technology
8 Frank Gill Shadow Minister of Health
Shadow Minister of Social Welfare
Shadow Minister of Superannuation
9 Colin McLachlan Shadow Minister of Transport
Shadow Minister of Aviation
10Rt Hon Sir Keith Holyoake Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs
11Rt Hon Sir Jack Marshall Shadow Minister of Overseas Trade
12 Bill Young Shadow Minister of Roading
Shadow Minister of Women's Affairs
13Hon Eric Holland Shadow Minister of Energy
14Hon Allan McCready Shadow Minister of Defence
Shadow Minister of Forestry
15Hon Bert Walker Shadow Minister of Railways
Shadow Minister of Broadcasting
Shadow Minister of Communications
16Hon Allan Highet Shadow Minister of Internal Affairs
Shadow Minister of Local Government
Shadow Minister for the Arts
17 Peter Wilkinson Shadow Attorney-General
Shadow Minister of Police
18Hon Venn Young Shadow Minister of Maori Affairs
Shadow Minister for the Environment
19 Harry Lapwood Shadow Postmaster-General
Shadow Minister of Tourism
20Hon Douglas Carter Shadow Minister of Agriculture
21Hon Percy Allen Shadow Minister of Lands
22 Richard Harrison Senior Whip
23 Jim Bolger Shadow Minister of Rural Affairs
24 Jack Luxton Shadow Minister of Fisheries
Shadow Minister of Pacific Islands Affairs
25 Leo Schultz Shadow Minister of Mines
26 Ken Comber Shadow Minister of Sport & Recreation
27 Rob Talbot Shadow Minister of Forests
28 Bill Birch Junior Whip

Notes

  1. Gustafson 1986, p. 115.
  2. New Zealand National Party Manifesto '75. Wellington: New Zealand National Party. 1975.

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