Special Minister of State John Faulkner will move to the Defence portfolio to cover the resignation of Joel Fitzgibbon.
Crikey is normally shy of the crass nationalism so readily found in the mainstream media. But for once, it’s worth pondering the effectiveness of the Australian political system...
Once again Defence has proved to be a ministerial graveyard, with Kevin Rudd now having to appoint Australia's sixth defence minister in little over a decade ... What is troubling about his tenure is his suggestion last night that people in the Defence organisation may have worked to undermine his stewardship of the portfolio, writes Patrick Walters.
Fitzgibbon was forced to resign just as he was beginning the most ambitious reform of the Defence Department in decades. It is an open question whether that reform program will be salvaged. Rudd's political immortality is probably unsalvageable, writes Peter Hartcher.
Rudd wants only a very limited reshuffle. There are some underperformers in the outer ministry and the young and restless parliamentary secretaries are itching for promotion. But for now stability is probably the better course, says Michelle Grattan.
Did Howard really misplace five ministers in his first term? And three parliamentary secretaries? Quite a mover, that old bloke. Better try to catch up, writes Tony Wright.
The Defence portfolio was a reward from Rudd for helping him obtain party leadership -- but it was too much for a cautious minister like Fitzgibbon to handle, argues Cynthia Banham.
Mr Fitzgibbon's downfall stripped the gloss off a week in which the Government learnt it had kept the economy out of recession.
Joel Fitzgibbon was brought down by his own sloppy ministerial standards, says Mark Dodd.