Dec 20, 2017

Joyce benches strong players in favour of regional pork-barreling

The Prime Minister should have anticipated the current high level of angst in Coalition ranks over the re-shuffle.

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran and Tony Walker

Associate editor / Political commentator

Enoch Powell may have observed that “all political careers end in failure", but after Tuesday's cabinet reshuffle, it could be more accurate to say “all political careers end in disappointment".

Victorian National Darren Chester, outgoing minister for Infrastructure and Transport, will be reflecting today on his disappointment at not simply being dumped from the Cabinet, but out of the ministry altogether through no fault of his own.

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17 thoughts on “Joyce benches strong players in favour of regional pork-barreling

  1. MJM

    The Tolstoy quote is that “each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”. Subtle difference – which would undoubtedly be lost on both the Libs and Nats at present.

  2. old greybearded one

    Is this Blunderby measuring the size of his brain? This is no a reshuffle so much as a shemozzle. Cash and O’Dwyer are poor ministers and Cash is clearly incompetent. Is their female talent in the wings? It is not at all obvious.

    1. klewso

      From this display it’s more the parson’s nose?

  3. klewso

    The Walmarts?
    Smurfette McKenzie? To make Jethro look almost competent?
    As for Chester? Turnbull and his feint praise?

  4. zut alors

    More high jinks & dysfunction on the horizon in 2018.

  5. AR

    Are there enough barrels for all the pork this bunch of pigs’ ears will be dispensing in 2018?

  6. cartoonmick

    Ahhh, the ongoing conflict in the political jungle and the high cost of back scratching.
    Cartoon refers . . .

  7. John Newton

    Thus, the little-noticed member for Maranoa, David Littleproud comes into the cabinet as Minister for Agriculture and Water

    Last job, runing Cubbie Station. Knows how to leave the taps runing then.

  8. Pedantic, Balwyn

    Whether Joyce dumped Chester because he supported Ms McKenzie and/or SSM it demonstrates that he is a vindictive [email protected] and that combined with his philandering is unfit to serve in Parliament, though neither qualities would alone or in combination make him unique in this lower house.

  9. 2bobsworth

    Why do we need a parliament when we have Sky news and the Australian newspaper as the official news-speak organ of the MurdochLNP coalition. Headline memes passing as government policy worked for Abbott and Malcolm seems to have accepted that his subservient position is even more permanent now the poll countdown approaches.

  10. CML

    Words fail me! The member for Cubbie Station is now the Minister for Water?????
    As our Premier, Jay Wetherill said: ‘It is a one-finger-salute to South Australia’.
    Totally outrageous!!

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