This morning Business Spectator launches a first for Australian political reporting: a guide to the government’s ministerial staff -- the faceless people behind those who run the country.

It was surprisingly hard to get this information. The men and women who work behind the scenes advising ministers and devising their policies, dealing with journalists, lobbyists, business people and bureaucrats, writing their speeches and generally picking them up and dusting them off when they fall down, definitely prefer to remain behind the scenes. Their bosses prefer that too.