Shadow Cabinet of Jim McLay

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New Zealand political leader Jim McLay assembled a "shadow cabinet" system amongst the National caucus following his election to the position of Leader of the Opposition in 1984. He composed this of individuals who acted for the party as spokespeople in assigned roles while he was Leader of the Opposition (1984–86). McLay was plagued by interference from previous leader Robert Muldoon, who was denied a place on National's frontbench which he desired, unlike McLay who wished him to retire to the backbenches as an 'elder statesmen'.[1]

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

Frontbench team[edit]

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

Rank Shadow Minister Portfolio
1 Hon Jim McLay Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs
2 Hon Jim Bolger Deputy Leader
Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry
3 Hon Bill Birch Shadow Minister of Finance
4 Hon George Gair Shadow Minister of Labour
Shadow Minister of Employment
5 Hon Warren Cooper Shadow Minister of National Development
Shadow Minister of Regional Development
Shadow Minister of Resource allocation
Shadow Minister of Industrial development
Shadow Minister of South Island development
6 Hon Venn Young Shadow Minister of Social Welfare
Shadow Minister of Civilian rehabilitation
Shadow Minister of ACC
7 Hon John Falloon Shadow Minister of Overseas trade
Shadow Minister of Expenditure
Associate Shadow Minister of Finance
8 Ian McLean Shadow Minister of Agriculture
9 Tony Friedlander Shadow Minister of Energy
10 Hon Merv Wellington Shadow Minister of Local Government
Shadow Minister of Urban issues
11 Don McKinnon Senior Whip
Associate Shadow Minister of Labour (Industrial Relations)
12 Michael Cox Junior Whip
Shadow Minister of Customs
Associate Shadow Minister of Finance (Taxation and revenue)
13 Robin Gray Shadow Minister of Works and Development
14 Doug Kidd Shadow Minister of Defence
Shadow Minister of Fisheries
Shadow Minister of Aquaculture
15 Paul East Shadow Attorney-General
Shadow Minister of Justice
Shadow Minister of Constitutional Issues
Shadow Minister of Official Information
16 Bruce Townshend Shadow Minister of State Services
Shadow Minister of State Corporations
Shadow Minister of Immigration
17 Rt Hon Sir Robert Muldoon no portfolio
18 Jack Luxton Shadow Minister of Foreign Relations
Shadow Minister of Pacific Island Affairs
19 Winston Peters Shadow Minister of Maori Affairs
Shadow Minister of Transport
Shadow Minister of Railways
Shadow Minister of Civil Aviation and Meteorological services
20 Ruth Richardson Shadow Minister of Education
21 Philip Burdon Shadow Minister of Health
22 John Banks Shadow Minister of Tourism
Shadow Minister of Publicity
Shadow Minister of Sport and Recreation
Associate Shadow Minister of Corrections
23 Roger McClay Shadow Minister of Housing
Shadow Minister of the Environment
24 Graeme Lee Shadow Minister of Internal Affairs
Shadow Minister on Civil Defence
Shadow Minister of Earthquake and War Damage
Shadow Minister of Wildlife
Shadow Minister of Drug Misuse
25 Norman Jones Shadow Minister of Police
Shadow Minister of War Pensions and Rehabilitation
26 Neill Austin Shadow Minister of Lands
Shadow Minister of Valuation
27 Rex Austin Associate Shadow Minister of Agriculture
28 Rob Talbot Shadow Minister of Horticulture
Associate Shadow Minister of Agriculture
29 Derek Angus Shadow Minister of Forests
30 Simon Upton Shadow Minister of the Arts
Shadow Minister of Science and Technology
Associate Shadow Minister of Employment
31 Jim Gerard Shadow Minister of Broadcasting
Shadow Minister of Public Trust
Shadow Minister of Racing
32 Doug Graham Shadow Minister of Disarmament
Associate Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry
33 Denis Marshall Associate Shadow Minister of Agriculture
34 Roger Maxwell Shadow Postmaster General
Shadow Minister of State Insurance
35 Katherine O'Regan Shadow Minister of Consumer Affairs
Shadow Minister of Statistics
36 Lockwood Smith Associate Shadow Minister of Agriculture
37 Rob Storey Associate Shadow Minister of Agriculture

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 159.
  2. ^ Refer to the talk page for source

References[edit]

  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6.