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Who's who

Australia's Head of State

Image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is Australia's head of state. On the advice of the Australian Prime Minister, the Queen appoints the Governor-General to act on her behalf.

Image of His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of Australia

His Excellency General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) was sworn in as Australia’s 26th Governor-General on 28 March 2014. The Governor-General acts as the Queen's representative.

Chamber leadership

Image of The Speaker of the House of Representatives is the Hon Tony Smith MP

The Speaker of the House of Representatives is the Hon Tony Smith MP.

The President of the Senate is Senator the Hon Scott Ryan.

Government and Opposition leadership – House of Representatives

Image of The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia

The Prime Minister of Australia is the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP. Mr Turnbull is also the Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia.

Image of The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition

The Leader of the Opposition is the Hon Bill Shorten MP. Mr Shorten is also the Leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP).

There is currently no Deputy Prime Minister.

Image of The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition

The Deputy Leader of the Opposition is the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP.

Image of The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, Leader of the House

The Leader of the House is the Hon Christopher Pyne MP.

Image of The Hon Tony Burke MP, The Manager of Opposition Business in the House

The Manager of Opposition Business in the House is the Hon Tony Burke MP.

Government and Opposition leadership – Senate

Image of Senator the Hon George Brandis, Leader of the Government in the Senate

The Leader of the Government in the Senate is Senator the Hon George Brandis.

Image of Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate is Senator the Hon Penny Wong.

Image of Leader of the Nationals in the Senate

The Leader of The Nationals in the Senate is Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion.

Image of Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate

The Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate is Senator Katy Gallagher.

Image of Manager of Government Business in the Senate

The Manager of Government Business in the Senate is Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield.

Other party leadership

Image of Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party

The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia is the Hon Julie Bishop MP.

Image of Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens

The Leader of the Australian Greens is Senator Richard Di Natale.

There is currently no Deputy Leader of The Nationals.

Parliamentary officers

Parliamentary officers are employees of parliamentary departments that advise and support the Senate and House of Representatives.

Image of Clerk of the House of Representatives, David Elder

The Clerk of the House of Representatives is Mr David Elder.

Image of Mr Richard Pye, Clerk of the Senate

The Clerk of the Senate is Mr Richard Pye.

Image of James Catchpole, Serjeant-at-Arms

The Serjeant-at-Arms is Mr James Catchpole.

Image of Usher of the Black Rod

The Usher of the Black Rod is Mr Brien Hallett.

Find out more details about who's who in Parliament: www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members