As leaders met in Canberra this morning for the Council of Australian Governments gabfest, the Prime Minister announced John Brumby will replace Paul McClintock as chair of the COAG Reform Council, the body charged with reporting on and driving COAG's reform agenda.

It's a shabby, jobs-for-the-boys appointment from a government that has been better than most when it comes to putting people of merit into positions regardless of partisan background.

Based on his performance as premier, Brumby shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the one mechanism associated with COAG that actually does the job of driving reform.