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.