Crikey readers discuss the three-way prime ministership and the Australian Research Council grant debacle.
Australia's Secret War, which won the PM's literary award for history, is a badly written, badly researched work of fiction, opines Mike Carlton, former ABC war correspondent and naval historian.
John Howard made a big thing about improving ministerial responsibility, accountability and behaviour when he came into office back in 1996. He really was going to be the Honest John who demanded the very highest of standards and he proclaimed a Ministerial Code of Conduct to prove it.
Below is the transcript of the oath of office that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd took this morning.
It took a full fortnight for John Howard to announce his ministry. Kevin Rudd’s was out in four days. The incoming government is also moving quickly on the ministerial staff front, too. Advertisements are due to appear in the weekend papers and this memo has already been distributed to Labor staff...
Kevin Rudd shows with the structure of his new government that he has a good understanding of how bureaucrats think and work and has avoided the temptation of pulling departments apart and reassembling them in new ways, writes Richard Farmer.
With the Liberal Party in disarray federally and out of power everywhere, the media needs to become the de facto opposition and push for maximum disclosure, accountability and transparency from the Rudd Government, writes Stephen Mayne.
Slicing through Labor's post-election euphoria is the stark fact that 39 of Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd's parliamentary colleagues voted against him for the leadership less than 12 months ago, writes Alex Mitchell.