Scene One, Act One from the new Defence Minister's first visit to Russell Hill, and The West calls for voluntary redundancies.
You have to hand it to the Prime Minister -- he sure likes making things complicated. Bernard Keane wraps the weekend reshuffle action after Joel Fistgibbon's resignation.
No one who knows new Defence Minister John Faulkner wants him as an enemy. But he'll still need to take care not to provide Defence's self-appointed key keepers with ammunition against him.
Replacing Joel Fitzgibbon will be no easy task.
The Turnbull mistake ... Talking down the rates ... John Faulkner practices what he preaches
The Commonwealth Freedom of Information regime faces its biggest shake-up since its inception under draft legislation unveiled by John Faulkner today, writes Bernard Keane.