Mar 25, 2013

Gillard supporters rewarded, public servants shuffled

Julia Gillard has shuffled the cards in her ministerial deck to cover the loss of some of its most talented and experienced members.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Julia Gillard has announced a ministerial reshuffle that rewards her supporters and makes some significant machinery-of-government change in Canberra.

The key changes are:

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62 thoughts on “Gillard supporters rewarded, public servants shuffled

  1. [email protected]

    Jan McLucas, a truly nice person, now gets to shepherd the NDIS, which she worked on with Bill Shorten.

  2. Suzanne Blake

    Bernard, Gillard is not shuffling cards, she has reassigned deck chairs on the Titanic. Lets face it, the ship is going down. Nothing can and will save it. Humphrey B Bear with a blindfold could beat Labor

  3. michael in melbourne

    Talented maybe, but also treacherous, and without a doubt a major reason why caucus is dysfunctional and policy prosecution and implementation woeful.

  4. klewso

    Where’s Conroy going – creator of such memorable events as “Senator Fielding” and “Media Reformation”?
    ……… He is going isn’t he?

  5. Karen

    Well, at least promoting Gary Gray should appease the business mining lobby and thereby muffle predictable whinges that JG has “rewarded” loyalists to some extent.

    The angle of the story here and in the MSM should have been that JG was forced to clear the decks after another abortive toxic Rudd coup attempt and that she had made the best appointments she could have made with the deck she was given.

    It wasn’t as if she hadnt had a history of appointing Rudd or his supporters to the highest levels of government,despite Rudd’s leaking sabotage of the Government in 2010.

    If I was in her shoes, I would have scorched earthed the toxicity of this man and his supporters from the get-go straight after the election and saved myself a whole lot of paranoia and trouble with cabinet leakings and the like. In the end JG proved to be too nice.

  6. Andybob

    Such a relief to know exactly how the deckchairs are being arranged on the Titanic.

  7. Achmed

    I wouldn’t have let Crean and Ferguson go….

  8. AJH

    She’s basically sacked all her critics, and surrounded herself with “Yes Men”. The Victorian Right must be rubbing their hands with glee at how things are turning out.

    Gillard has probably put off leadership speculation for another month, at best… but at what cost to the Federal Party? The “brain drain” of senior talent has continued. There has been such a loss of top-shelf talent in cabinet since 2010.

    With the polling headed in only one direction as long as Gillard is in charge, the only questions are: how long until the next challenge, who will it come from, and how many seats can Labor salvage at the election?

  9. littlemaths

    Klewso: it is truly unbelievable that Conroy remains in the position he’s in, despite multiple demonstrations of his lack of ministerial talent.

  10. Achmed

    I’m over all this leadership debate.

    I want to see a discussion around policies and see the costings of those policies.

    If Abbott wins the election purely on the rant of “Labor bad – Liberal good” without Abbott showing the substance of his policies then democracy would have been down an injustice

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