Topic archives: John Faulkner

New government: It’s not the gloss, it’s how long it lasts

December 7, 2007

The ministerial code of conduct is finally out, lobbyists will be registered, there’s a new era at the Reserve Bank and the already more than ample egos down at Treasury must now be pumped up close to bursting. Welcome to Kevin’s Age of Change, writes Christian Kerr.

Sorting fact from fiction in Kevin’s faction dealings

November 29, 2007

Prime Minister elect Kevin Rudd keeps asserting he chose his own ministerial team rather than having the selections of internal groups ratified by a token vote of the Parliamentary Labor Party. There were always discussions between the leader and the leaders of the factions before the factions settled on their choices, says Richard Farmer

Team Kevin, John and Robert

November 28, 2007

Crikey understands that the left heavy, along with Victorian right powerbroker Robert Ray, has been hard at work on transition to government plans. They are also advising Rudd on the make up of the ministry, and are believed to be stressing experience, writes Christian Kerr.

Defence Minister Brendan Nelson: shopaholic

August 17, 2007

When it comes to problem shoppers, one Australian is in a class of his own: our Defence Minister, Dr Brendan Nelson.

Tips and rumours

August 17, 2007

Water use by mining in Pilbara. I live and work in the Pilbara and had a mate from Tom Price come over on the weekend. He works for a major engineering contractor (to Hammersley Mining among others) in Tom Price. He reports that a couple of weeks ago they were sent on a job to erect safety […]