Jul 1, 2013

Anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage … and the new mental health minister

ALP Senator Jacinta Collins has had a meteoric rise into Rudd's new cabinet. Who is she -- and will her intense social conservatism raise serious questions about her capacity to function as Mental Health Minister?

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The most bizarre appointment in Kevin Rudd’s new cabinet is that of Victorian Senator Jacinta Collins, promoted from a parliamentary secretaryship under then-PM Julia Gillard to a cabinet position, as the new Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, under Rudd. Collins bested Kim Carr last week to secure the deputy leadership of the government in the Senate.

Collins has had a couple of stints in the Senate, from 1995 to 2004, when as number three on the Victorian Labor ticket she fell victim to Stephen Conroy’s disastrous preferences ploy that saw Steve Fielding elected and replace Collins in 2005. She returned when she took Robert Ray’s spot in 2008.

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44 thoughts on “Anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage … and the new mental health minister

  1. paddy

    One can only hope that she’s “in for the election campaign” and not the long haul. (Should the polls continue the shine on our shiny new dear leader.)

  2. Mark Duffett

    So opposing same-sex marriage is sufficient to qualify for a description as “gay-hating’, according to Crikey’s editorial lead? More than a bit over the top, I’d have thought.

  3. Christopher Nagle

    This ought to be a sobering reminder that when it comes to homosexual marriage and abortion, the verdict of history is anything but ‘in’.

  4. Venise Alstergren

    Why bother voting for Labor when we can get exactly the same sort of deal with Tony Rabbott and his Catholic non-principles?

    Perhaps Kevin Rudd’s promises are like pie-crusts; made to be broken??!! Surprise, surprise.

    It was obvious where the troubles in the new Krudd Kabinet will surface. All the ones carrying bibles were the professional ‘Christians.” Seldom have I ever witnessed a race (joke) to the bottom of the fifteenth century.

    I think I’ll vote for the sporting shooters, on condition they leave the animals alone and line up our parliamentarians.

  5. SusieQ

    I do wonder why the ‘shoppies’ candidates are not in the DLP (can’t recall if they were previously?? if someone can let us all know?) – that seems their natural home.

  6. mikeb

    I have no idea on Jacinta Collins’ aptitude or not, but I don’t think that having conservative views on abortion or SSM should disqualify her.

  7. Venise Alstergren

    To put a Tony Rabbott think alike in mental health is the equivalent of putting the Original Tony Rabbott in as health minister-as John Winston Howard did. She could have been given a different portfolio.

    One happy person will be Senator John (the blacksmith) Madigan DLP.

  8. klewso

    Ahhhh Julie Collins? I love her “Send in the Clowns”….?

  9. Venise Alstergren

    KLEWSO: Wrong Collins. This one is called Jacinta, as in just cinta sex.

  10. Shaniq'ua Shardonn'ay

    Shows how out of touch Labor is on mental health issues. BTW Crikey, is it possible to do some analysis on how GLBTI actually intend to vote. I suspect that for many it is not a high priority – and the two major parties are well aware of that fact.

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