Commentators’ tips that ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja would score a junior ministry in progressive Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s post-election reshuffle – apparently to appease angry conservative elements in the Federal Coalition – have proven correct.
The prime minister this afternoon promoted Senator Seselja to his front bench, appointing him assistant minister for social [...]
Though it remains unclear whether the Coalition will be able to form government, the Australian Financial Review has this morning reported that ACT Liberals Senator Zed Seselja is one of two names most mentioned by fellow conservative MPs as a potential for promotion to Malcolm Turnbull’s ministry and described him as a “rising star” [...]
Labor MLAs Meegan Fitzharris and Chris Bourke will join the ACT Ministry following a caucus ballot this morning, but their portfolios will not be known until Chief Minister Andrew Barr announces the result of a broader cabinet reshuffle in coming days.
The promotion of Ms Fitzharris and Dr Bourke was not a surprise given the [...]
After six years as an ACT Government minister, Labor MLA Joy Burch announced today that she will not seek a portfolio in Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s cabinet reshuffle this week.
See Ms Burch’s media statement here.
Ms Burch made the announcement at an emotional media conference outside the Hyperdome on Anketell Street in Tuggeranong, a symbolic gesture [...]
The 2016 ACT Assembly election obviously will be a watershed, not least because the legislature finally has increased to a properly representative 25 members.
I say ‘not least’ because there are a number of sleeping issues (headaches?) that candidates and successful MLAs will face.
Whomever forms government next October will need 13 of the 25 elected representatives, [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has sent forth alarming news that she’s expanding the ACT Ministry to 9.
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, today introduced a bill into the Legislative Assembly that will, if passed, allow for up to nine ministers to be appointed as part of the ACT executive.
“This legislation is designed to meet the needs of [...]
The ministerial rotisserie
By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra
Kevin Rudd’s reshuffle has an air of unreality. The new ministry comes so close to the election that it is an interim government, able to promise much but with limited capacity to deliver, before the voters make their judgement about its future.
It is, first and foremost, a campaigning [...]
Thumper has sent through details of the new Ministry, announced by tweet because that’s how proper process works:
Rudd Ministry announced July by Latika M Bourke
We hope they enjoy the brief frolic.
Yesterday Jeremy Hanson made a not overly sincere offer to expand the Ministry from five to six.
Here at RiotACT we noted this would banjo the committee system in the Assembly.
Chief Minister Gallagher has joined that refrain:
“Just one week ago the opposition leader refused to support an increase to the size of the Legislative Assembly, against [...]
The Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson is cunningly offering legislation to expand the Ministry to a sixth Minister.
Before The backbenchers get too excited it’s worth noting Jeremy’s not doing this out of the goodness of his heart:
“Over the past month we have heard the calls from Katy Gallagher on how over-worked her current Ministers are and [...]
In the wake of the world’s worst leadership spill yesterday the Ministerial blood is flowing thick and fast.
All the whips are gone and will need relatively senior blood into their positions.
Simon Crean is gone. Richard Marles is gone. Chris Bowen is gone. Kim Carr is expected to go. Martin Ferguson is quitting on TV right [...]
Sine Jon Stanhope’s departure the difficulties of Katy Gallagher’s team in mastering the Cheif Minister’s website have been a source of ongoing humour and fascination.
Today the Liberals have kindly pointed out to us that despite Chris Bourke having been made a minister some weeks ago there’s no mention of him on the Ministers Page.
A harmless [...]
The Canberra Times has inside word that after a diabolically bad week Chief Minister Gallagher is spreading the ministerial load by bringing the fast tracked green MLA Chris Bourke to the Cabinet table.
Apparently he’ll be taking the education portfolio, not health.
The PM has come up with her new cabinet and ministerial portfolios. And the winners are…
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 [...]
As a result of John Hargreaves resignation from Ministry becoming effective on 31 October, Joy Burch inherited the portfolios of Disability and Housing, Ageing, Multicultural Affairs, Corrections and Industrial Relations Portfolios, and wielded that portfolio for all of nine days.
According to Stanhope’s press release and ABC Online, she’s lost Corrections and Industrial Relations, but [...]
The following email is doing the rounds purporting to be from the former Liberal MLA Steve Pratt to the departing Labor Minister, John Hargreaves. I’m not sure how much of it is true, or even what some of it means. But I do think it warrants public scrutiny. Enjoy:
From: Steve PRATT
Sent: Monday, October 12, [...]