Is it any wonder that Australia’s energy and climate change policy is in a permanent state of confusion when we have Martin Ferguson as the Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, Greg Combet as the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Anthony Albanese as Minister for Infrastructure (but not energy infrastructure?) and Tony Burke as Minister for Sustainability, not to mention a few parliamentary secretaries thrown in for good measure.

There has been much talk about the political need to reshuffle the cabinet after Martin Ferguson, Kim Carr and Robert McClelland outed themselves as not-so-happy little Vegemites, but what about the policy case for doing so? For example, if Greg Combet is the Minister for Energy Efficiency does that make Martin Ferguson the minister for using energy?