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Did you get MOGged?

By Gungahlin Al - 12 September 2010 15

The PM has come up with her new cabinet and ministerial portfolios. And the winners are…

Drumroll please…

Movers and Shakers (and all the other office relocation specialists in town), the printers and the signwriters.

DEEWR gets a worse acronym after going totally vocational by losing Childcare and the Schools part of Education – Jobs, Skills and Workplace Relations – JSaWR? Who gets to stay in the nice new HQ having just moved in, and who gets to move straight back out again?

Water goes back into Environment, as does Sustainable Population, plus Communities (huh?). But Climate Change and Energy Efficiency stay outside the fold. Go figure. And Arts go free-standing. Just doesn’t fit anywhere else… So they get to be SPCEW – Spew?

Net filter haters will be spewing that department is unchanged, and with the same minister. But Gungahlin folk are happy the NBN plans for going into our area first are unchanged.

Infrastructure and Transport (still with the MP for Sydney Airport Albanese, so no hope of a change on a Canberra Curfew…) will stand by themselves, because of course the R word that is occupying the thoughts of so many of us in Canberra must stand alone. But why the redundancy? Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government. Aren’t the first two bits the same thing? And the acronym: RARDLG – pronounce as you wish – sounds like something that would come from a dog protecting its food bowl…

Predictions of Indigenous issues going alone were unfounded, with FaCHSIA untouched. Ditto Finance, Defence, DAFF, Health and Aging, Immigration (Kate Lundy as Parliamentary Secretary), and Trade.

The usual grab bag of perplexing decisions prevail. Why is Tourism with Resources and Energy instead of with Small Business and Industry? Why is Indigenous Employment separate from Employment? Why is Childcare with Employment? (Except that you can’t take on one until you’ve secured the other – and vice versa.) And no doubt more I’ve missed.

Let the moving begin…

What’s Your opinion?


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15 Responses to
Did you get MOGged?
1
Outta Control 9:48 am
12 Sep 10
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Penny Wong as Minister for Finance. I didn’t know it was April 1st.

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John Moulis 10:31 am
12 Sep 10
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Al, it is 99% certain the Net filter will not be going ahead as both the Libs and Greens have said they’ll vote it down in the Senate. Hopefully they won’t let us down.

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nhand42 11:05 am
12 Sep 10
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“DEEWR gets a worse acronym after going totally vocational by losing Childcare and the Schools part of Education – Jobs, Skills and Workplace Relations – JSaWR?”

The new pronunciation is Jizz War.

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rebcart 11:22 am
12 Sep 10
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I don’t understand why DIISR is now DIIS. What’s the point of lopping Research out of the name, if it hasn’t gone anywhere else?..

Maybe I’m trying too hard to find logic in this entire reshuffle.

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rosebud 11:38 am
12 Sep 10
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Having two ministries in government doesn’t necessarily equate to two departments. It could still stay DEEWR administratively but just answer to two ministers??? Possibly?

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witm 11:46 am
12 Sep 10
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Guys, retitling ministries doesn’t necessarily lead to retitling departments. At least wait for the Administrative Arrangements Orders to be released before predicting departmental name changes and a boom for the relocation industry. After all, DEEWR had multiple ministers under Rudd as did Environment.

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yoyo23 1:14 pm
12 Sep 10
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Our very own Kate Lundy gets DIC

…snigger…

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BimboGeek 1:42 pm
12 Sep 10
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I just can’t get over the headache of Crean in charge of the Arts. I mean yes Garrett was useless but moving him over to education and letting Crean take over Arts doesn’t entirely inspire me with confidence. Are we going to see interpretive dance at union functions?

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I-filed 3:21 pm
12 Sep 10
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Water never left Environment. Last acronym was DEWHA – Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

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Woody Mann-Caruso 5:25 pm
12 Sep 10
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The new pronunciation is Jizz War.

lolz

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JC 6:38 pm
12 Sep 10
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witm said :

Guys, retitling ministries doesn’t necessarily lead to retitling departments. At least wait for the Administrative Arrangements Orders to be released before predicting departmental name changes and a boom for the relocation industry. After all, DEEWR had multiple ministers under Rudd as did Environment.

And Foreign Affairs and Trade, until recently.

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astrojax 9:07 am
13 Sep 10
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no ‘education’ in any portfolio titles, either. guess school’s out for summer… (well, sort of, they’ve got pogo pete to rock ’em all to sleep)

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Gungahlin Al 9:19 am
13 Sep 10
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Rosebud was right. DEEWRannouncement today: “we understand DEEWR continues as a department and retains all its current responsibilities.” With Chris Evans and Pater Garrett as the two cabinet ministers, plus two junior ministers and one parliamentary secretary. So that’s one big potential MOG off the list. No advice on the acronym yet though.

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JessP 11:43 am
13 Sep 10
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And DFaT got Kevin…snigger.

Sorry.

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Primal 7:32 pm
14 Sep 10
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AAOs are on the PM&C website. New departments:

THE DEPARTMENT OF SUSTAINABILITY, ENVIRONMENT, WATER, POPULATION AND COMMUNITIES (SEWPAC?)

THE DEPARTMENT OF REGIONAL AUSTRALIA, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (RARDALG?) (part of the PM&C portfolio)

THE DEPARTMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT (DIT)

Looks like every other department survived unscathed (even DHS, whose Minister is no longer in Cabinet). Sport and Arts appear to have been shuffled into PM&C.

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