Kevin Rudd shows with the structure of his new government that he has a good understanding of how bureaucrats think and work and has avoided the temptation of pulling departments apart and reassembling them in new ways. By keeping most departmental structures intact he has avoided the disruption which normally accompanies a new political party taking over.

Instead of spending the next few months scheming about how to preserve their own prestige and power, the nation's top public servants will be able to get on with the job of implementing Labor policies.