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Role of the Opposition
The Opposition in Parliament                   The Role of the Leader of the Opposition
The Opposition constitutes the second          The Leader of the Opposition:
largest political party or coalition of
                                                  • is elected by Members of Parliament in
parties in the Legislative Assembly. The
                                                    Opposition, as their leader and spokesperson;
importance of the Opposition in the
system of parliamentary government has            • has a responsibility to make the Government
long been recognised in the procedures of           accountable and present the views of an
Parliament.                                         alternative government;
                                                  • plays a leading role for the Opposition in
The Role of the Opposition                          parliamentary and policy debate;
The Opposition enjoys privileges and              • chairs the meetings of Shadow Cabinet;
duties well established by tradition. The         • ensures that the time spent in Opposition
floor of the House provides the Opposition          is used efficiently as a ‘preparation for
with a key area in which to perform                 government’ time;
their role - that is to scrutinise, appraise      • serves as an alternative Premier;
and criticise effectively the policies and        • utilises the expertise in the community as an
administration of the Government. Such              information and advisory source due to the
opportunities for example are provided              limitations of staffing and resources of an
in Question Time, the Address-in-Reply              Opposition; and
debate, Budget debates, legislative               • represents his/her electorate.
debates and No Confidence Motions.
                                               Although not constitutionally recognised, the
The Opposition also utilises the media to      Opposition Leader is provided with a special salary,
reach the electorate with its views and        entitlements and facilities.
to establish an identity as an alternative
government.                                    Shadow Cabinet
                                               The Opposition appoints Shadow Ministers, who
The Term “Leader of the
                                               with the Leader of the Opposition collectively form
Opposition”                                    a Shadow Cabinet. Their role is to follow closely
The term “Leader of the Opposition” was        the areas and responsibilities and activities of the
first used in Britain in 1826 but was not      Government Ministers. It is their duty to respond to
given statutory recognition until 1937.        Government policy initiatives and offer alternative
In the Queensland Parliament, official         policies to the electorate.
recognition was given to the position in
1909 through the granting of a salary
                                               Democracy at Work
to the ‘Leader of the Opposition’, an          The role of an Opposition can be difficult when
amount of 10 pounds per week. With             taking into account their numbers, availability of
the development of organised political         resources and the limited opportunities to gain the
parties, a more structured and formidable      attention of the electorate. At the same time, it
opposition to the Government emerged in        is a most important role and the effectiveness of
the Queensland Parliament.                     Parliament largely depends on the strength of the
                                               Opposition.


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                                                                 Present Leader of the Opposition               Mr Langbroek’s interests include family, theatre,
                                                                                                                exercising and rugby union, Melbourne Cup Winners
                                                                 John-Paul Langbroek was born in Assen,         (1968 - present) and Cuban Cigar Factories.
                                                                 The Netherlands, on 31 January 1961.
                                                                 He is married to Stacey, and has three         Parliamentary Career
                                                                 children. Mr Langbroek has a Bachelor
                                                                                                                Leader of the Liberal National Party from 2 April
                                                                 of Dental Science (Hons) 1983 from the
                                                                                                                2009. Leader of the Opposition from 2 April 2009.
                                                                 University of Queensland. Prior to his
                                                                                                                Shadow Minister for the Arts from 6 April 2009.
                                                                 election, Mr Langbroek was working as a
                                                                                                                Member, Standing Orders Committee from 23 April
                                                                 Dental Surgeon in Ashmore and Surfers
                                                                                                                2009.
                                                                 Paradise, which he has done since
                                                                 February 1987.                                 Member, Standing Orders Committee 12 November
                                                                                                                2008 - 23 February 2009.
                                                                 Mr Langbroek is an active member of
                                                                 the Gold Coast community. He has many          Leader of Opposition Business 30 September 2008
                                                                 community memberships, including;              - 21 March 2009.
                                                                 Honorary Member, Gold Coast Regional
                                                                 Botanic Gardens, 2005; Chairman,               Shadow Minister for Education and Skills and
                                                                 Surfers Paradise Community Consultative        Shadow Minister for the Arts 12 August 2008 - 21
                                                                 Committee, 2001-2004; Surfers Paradise         March 2009.
                                                                 Chamber of Commerce - Member                   Member, Estimates Committee B, 2008.
                                                                 from 1994, Councillor on Management
                                                                 Committee 2000, Treasurer 2000 - 2001,         Member, Speaker’s Advisory Committee 26 February
                                                                 President 2001 - 2002; Surfers Paradise        2008 - 21 March 2009.
                                                                 Central Management Association -               Member, Review of Organ and Tissue Donation
                                                                 Treasurer on Management Committee 2000         Procedures Select Committee 12 May 2008 – 28
                                                                 - 2001, Board Member 2001 - 2002.              October 2008.
                                                                 He is also an Honorary Member of the
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                                                                 Friends of Gold Coast Botanic Gardens Inc,
                                                                 The Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth
                                                                 Inc, and the Brisbane Turf Club, a member
                                                                 of the Brisbane Cricket Ground Trust and
                                                                 the Main Beach Progress Association Inc.
                                                                 Mr Langbroek is a patron of the Surfers
                                                                 Paradise Brass Band, Spotlight Theatre,
                                                                 Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club, Surf
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                                                                 Life Saving Queensland and Griffith Uni
                                                                 Knights Colleges Rugby Club, and is Vice
                                                                 President of Broadbeach Surf Life Saving
                                                                 Club.
                                                                 Within his political party, Mr Langbroek
                                                                 has held the following positions;
                                                                 Chairman, Surfers Paradise Branch 2001.
                                                                 Vice Chairman, 2001-2004. Treasurer,
                                                                 Moncrieff Federal Electorate Council
                                                                 2000-2001. Delegate, State Conventions
                                                                 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
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                                                                 Senior Vice Chairman, Moncrieff FEC
                                                                 2001-2003. Campaign Director for the
                                                                 Moncrieff Campaign 2001 - Steve Ciobo
                                                                 MHR. Candidate, Surfers Paradise State
                                                                                                                 Queensland’s current Leader of the Opposition, Mr John-
                                                                 By-election May 2001. Member of Policy          Paul Langbroek MP.
                                                                 Standing Committee 2001-2002.

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                                                                 Member, Health Quality and Complaints       Shadow Minister for Racing 28 September 2005 - 21
                                                                 Commission Select Committee 1 July 2007     September 2006.
                                                                 - 15 November 2007.
                                                                                                             Member, Estimates Committee C, 2005.
                                                                 Member, Estimates Committee B, 2007.
                                                                                                             Member, Estimates Committee C, 2004.
                                                                 Member, Public Accounts Committee 11
                                                                 October 2006 - 21 March 2009.               Member, Public Accounts Committee 18 March 2004
                                                                                                             - 15 August 2006.
                                                                 Shadow Minister for Health from 21
                                                                 September 2006 – 12 August 2008.            Secretary, Parliamentary Liberal Party 17 February
                                                                                                             2004 - 12 August 2008.
                                                                 Shadow Minister for Employment and
                                                                 Training 8 August 2006 - 21 September       Liberal Party Spokesperson for Education and the
                                                                 2006.                                       Arts, Police and Corrective Services, Public Works,
                                                                                                             Housing and Racing, and Natural Resources, Mines
                                                                 Member, Estimates Committee A, 2006.
                                                                                                             and Energy 17 February 2004 - 27 September 2005.
                                                                 Shadow Minister for Public Works and
                                                                 Housing 28 September 2005 - 8 August
                                                                 2006.


                                                                 Opposition Leaders, From 1898 - present
                                                                 30.08.1898 - 12.05.1899      GLASSEY, T            Australian Labor Party
                                                                 12.05.1899 - 01.12.1899      DAWSON, A             Australian Labor Party
                                                                 01.12.1899 - 07.12.1899      PHILP, R              Ministerialist
                                                                 07.12.1899 - 16.07.1900      DAWSON, A             Australian Labor Party
                                                                 16.07.1900 - 17.09.1903      BROWNE, WH            Australian Labor Party
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                                                                 17.09.1903 - 28.06.1904      PHILP, R              Opposition
                                                                 28.06.1904 - 27.08.1904      RUTLEDGE, A           Opposition
                                                                 19.09.1904 - 19.11.1907      PHILP, R              Opposition
                                                                 19.11.1907 - 15.02.1908      KIDSTON, W            Ministerialist
                                                                 15.02.1908 - 29.10.1908      PHILP, R              Opposition
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                                                                 16.11.1908 - 06.09.1912      BOWMAN, D             Australian Labor Party
                                                                 06.09.1912 - 22.05.1915      RYAN, TJ              Australian Labor Party
                                                                 24.06.1915 - 08.09.1915      MACARTNEY, E          Liberal Party
                                                                 08.09.1915 - 27.06.1917      TOLMIE, J             Liberal Party
                                                                 27.06.1917 - 15.02.1918      TOLMIE, J             National Party
                                                                 15.02.1918 - 28.01.1920      MACARTNEY, E          National Party
                                                                 28.01.1920 - 28.07.1920      VOWLES, WJ            National Party
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                                                                 28.07.1920 - 11.07.1923      VOWLES, WJ            Country Party
                                                                 11.07.1923 - 09.04.1924      TAYLOR, C             Queensland United Party
                                                                 09.04.1924 - 12.05.1925      MOORE, AE             QUP/Country
                                                                 12.05.1925 - 15.12.1925      MOORE, AE             CPP

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                                                                 15.12.1925 - 11.05.1929   MOORE, AE            Country and Progressive National Party
                                                                 27.05.1929 - 11.06.1932   SMITH, WF            Australian Labor Party
                                                                 15.08.1932 - 15.07.1936   MOORE, AE            CPNPCountry
                                                                 15.07.1936 - 21.05.1941   MAHER, EB            Country Party
                                                                 21.05.1941 - 23.10.1945   NICKLIN, GFR         Country–National Party
                                                                 23.10.1945 - 03.08.1957   NICKLIN, GFR         Country Party
                                                                 15.08.1957 - 29.03.1958   WOOD, LA             Australian Labor Party
                                                                 14.04.1958 - 18.08.1958   DONALD, J            Australian Labor Party
                                                                 18.08.1958 - 11.10.1966   DUGGAN, JE           Australian Labor Party
                                                                 12.10.1966 - 01.07.1974   HOUSTON, JW          Australian Labor Party
                                                                 01.07.1974 - 07.12.1974   TUCKER, PJ           Australian Labor Party
                                                                 19.12.1974 - 28.11.1978   BURNS, TJ            Australian Labor Party
                                                                 28.11.1978 - 20.10.1982   CASEY, ED            Australian Labor Party
                                                                 20.10.1982 - 29.08.1984   WRIGHT, KW           Australian Labor Party
                                                                 29.08.1984 - 02.03.1988   WARBUTON, NG         Australian Labor Party
                                                                 02.03.1988 - 02.12.1989   GOSS, WK             Australian Labor Party
                                                                 02.12.1989 - 09.12.1991   COOPER, TR           National Party
                                                                 10.12.1991 - 19.02.1996   BORBIDGE, RE         National Party
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                                                                 19.02.1996 - 26.06.1998   BEATTIE, PD          Australian Labor Party
                                                                 29.06.1998 - 02.03.2001   BORBIDGE, RE         National Party
                                                                 02.03.2001 - 04.02.2003   HORAN, MJ            National Party
                                                                 04.02.2003 - 14.09.2006   SPRINGBORG, LJ       National Party
                                                                 14.09.2006 - 29.01.2008   SEENEY, JW           National Party
                                                                 29.01.2008 – 27.07.2008   SPRINGBORG, LJ       National Party
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                                                                 28.07.2008 – 02.04.2009   SPRINGBORG, LJ       Liberal National Party
                                                                 02.04.2009 -              LANGBROEK, J-PH      Liberal National Party
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