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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced his new cabinet, reshuffled in the wake of the National Party spill and Bridget McKenzie’s departure.

And it turns out that’s pretty much the only strict requirement of his job.

Crikey asked the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for the prime minister’s formal job description. According to a spokesperson from the department:

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[A] prime minister’s formal role includes advising the governor-general on the appointment of ministers (including the title and scope of each minister’s portfolio), determining which ministers will form the cabinet, and chairing the cabinet.

The prime minister also administers the department of PM&C. Nothing about dealing with bushfires then… Morrison could do very little, beyond appointing a cabinet, and still not be failing his KPIs.

Of course, in reality, running a country is an exhausting, complicated task. The only performance review that matters, as countless prime ministers have reminded us, is on election day.

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Peter Fray
Peter Fray
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