The new cabinet unveiled!

By 7 November, 2008 33

The Chief Minister has published details of his new cabinet.

Katy Gallagher’s the big winner, picking up Treasury on the way, presumably, to the big job.

Full ministry list below:

Mr Jon Stanhope MLA

    Chief Minister

    Minister for Transport

    Minister for Territory and Municipal Services

    Minister for Business and Economic Development

    Minister for Indigenous Affairs

    Minister for the Arts and Heritage

Ms Katy Gallagher MLA

    Deputy Chief Minister

    Treasurer

    Minister for Health

    Minister for Community Services

    Minister for Women

Mr Simon Corbell MLA

    Attorney General

    Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water

    Minister for Energy

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services

Mr John Hargreaves MLA

    Minister for Disability and Housing

    Minister for Ageing

    Minister for Multicultural Affairs

    Minister for Industrial Relations

    Minister for Corrections

Mr Andrew Barr

    Minister for Education and Training

    Minister for Children and Young People

    Minister for Planning

    Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation

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33 Responses to The new cabinet unveiled!
#1
Dante12:00 pm, 07 Nov 08

Katy’s still got health? Good thing the Greens get to directly liaise with her in that case, I hope she gets a hammering.

#2
Skidbladnir12:19 pm, 07 Nov 08

Katy still has Health?
Stanhope has TaMS, and still has his pet Arts portfolio?
The Minister for Corrections has a DUI history?
The Minister least likely to ever have any himself received Children?

Do we get to find out what led to these decisions, or can we at least see the Portfolio Hat they plucked them out of?

#3
neanderthalsis12:24 pm, 07 Nov 08

Ummm, is this really any different to what we had before?

John is still on the Bridge of the titanic and there has been some minor repositioning of the deckchairs…

Katy’s on the Bow singing How Great thou Art with the other doomed souls, Hargreaves is chipping ice off the berg for another pink gin, Corbell and Barr are on damage repair armed with a tac hammer and some 3 ply.

Go team…

#4
Rya1012:40 pm, 07 Nov 08

It is interesting to see who Stanhope considers to be politically expendable.

He has left the poor, the disabled, the aged, prisoners, unionists, and ethnic groups with Hargreaves.

There was a time when these groups would have been priority concerns for a Labor party.

When it was a party that claimed to be concerned for the poor and maginalised.

And doubly interesting, the exit polls identified a coalition of roughly these groups as being key to the Obama victory.

It looks like Obama and Stanhope now have a very different view of progressive politics.

I wonder who is right.

#5
Thumper12:40 pm, 07 Nov 08

Looks pretty much like business as usual

#6
LG1:01 pm, 07 Nov 08

Now we can have the “Stanhope Memorial Pothole”

#7
thetruth1:08 pm, 07 Nov 08

Skidbladnir said :

Katy still has Health?
Stanhope has TaMS, and still has his pet Arts portfolio?
The Minister for Corrections has a DUI history?
The Minister least likely to ever have any himself received Children?

Do we get to find out what led to these decisions, or can we at least see the Portfolio Hat they plucked them out of?

LOL

Compare this ministery with the potential Liberal / Green coalition. This was never going to happen, because the greens REALLY ARE the left wing of the ALP. The Lib’s were dead wrong – a vote for the Green’s was always a vote for Labor and always will be. The greens will never form government and will always enjoy the 15% to 17% third party vote that they has always occurred in the ACT (except for 2004 when it went to the labor party to form the first majority government)

Which one best represented the change that Canberra actually voted for?

Seriously put partisan comments aside this is the cabinet that bought about a 9% swing against the ALP. All we got as a change is the speaker and a ransom list of demands – it was like a 9% swing resulted in Stanhope being put on probation (as if he really cares because he WILL retire within the next two years).

#8
jimbocool1:22 pm, 07 Nov 08

I wonder if the Portfolio Hat is related to the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter? If it is then we should respect its decisions, counter-intuitive as they may be. I wonder if has a song too…

#9
miz1:32 pm, 07 Nov 08

Something like ‘I’m a Minister and I’m OK, I like to make the electorate pay’ (to the Lumberjack tune) perhaps?

#10
housebound1:37 pm, 07 Nov 08

thetruth said :

the greens REALLY ARE the left wing of the ALP … Seriously put partisan comments aside this is the cabinet that bought about a 9% swing against the ALP. All we got as a change is the speaker and a ransom list of demands – it was like a 9% swing resulted in Stanhope being put on probation (as if he really cares because he WILL retire within the next two years).

+1

Quite sad, really. So much for the greens being a third force. More like a rear guard for a flailing first force

#11
jakez1:39 pm, 07 Nov 08

jimbocool said :

I wonder if the Portfolio Hat is related to the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter? If it is then we should respect its decisions, counter-intuitive as they may be. I wonder if has a song too…

Speaking of the sorting hat. If we had the sorting hat for the Legislative Assembly, would there be a single politician NOT put into slytherin?

#12
jimbocool2:02 pm, 07 Nov 08

Surely Mary Porter would be in Hufflepuff, Jakez – “Where they are just and loyal/Those patient Hufflepuffs are true/And unafraid of toil”

#13
caf2:08 pm, 07 Nov 08

thetruth and housebound are going off somewhat halfcocked, since we haven’t really seen anything much put to the Legislature yet. That the makeup of the Executive hasn’t changed is only part of the story – each and every decision of that Executive will be subject to serious and ongoing review over the next four years, which is a seachange from the last four. In the end, the Legislature has the power to disallow and overrule the decisions of the Executive Government.

And to be frank, I think that’s the change a lot of Canberrans were hoping (and perhaps voting) for. Silly statements equating a vote for the Greens with a direct vote for Labor are humbug. Those who voted Greens were voting to have a government that relied on the Greens for support.

#14
Dante2:26 pm, 07 Nov 08

Mary Porter is definitely being under-utilized.. from my understanding she used to head up Volunteers ACT so I think she would have been great with Hargreaves’ portfolio.

I guess she’s just not quite part of the clique yet.

#15
caf2:33 pm, 07 Nov 08

They’re only allowed to have 5 Ministers due to federal legislation, so someone else would have had to be canned to get Porter a gig.

#16
emd2:37 pm, 07 Nov 08

So when do we find out who are the Shadow Ministers for Wotsit?

#17
johnboy2:48 pm, 07 Nov 08

emd said :

So when do we find out who are the Shadow Ministers for Wotsit?

Given that the Liberals have failed to issue a media release since before the election I wouldn’t hold your breathe.

The laziest opposition in Australia won’t give up its title lightly.

#18
thetruth3:36 pm, 07 Nov 08

caf said :

Those who voted Greens were voting to have a government that relied on the Greens for support.

This may or may not be true – the Greens did not make a statement of support pre-election (ie how they would formulate such a decision). I suspect the nature and level of that support is debatable.

Only the voters know what a vote for the greens actually was for them (ie was it to vote for an alternative government, an independent third force, as a coalition party to one or either of the majors, a protest vote against the Government knowing that the greens are really labor, a protest vote for the one or more of the issues that they championed or for a quasi-coalition like we now have with a speaker role and a list of policy demands)

The fact of the matter is that a 9% swing resulted in very little change – Stanhope stared down the greens and out negotiated them. Given the result of the election, he has come through relatively unscathed. I think most greens voters (I would be interested to hear from them) would have envisioned much more change than this. I think in their quiet moments most hoped that Stanhope would be punished and ditched (still maybe labor but with new blood and a fresh approach)

#19
Skidbladnir3:47 pm, 07 Nov 08

There’s only been a single sitting day, which lasted (according to the Official Assembly Minutes) less than an hour, in which nothing much happened except formalities and nominations, and you call it an unscathed win for Stanhope with not enough change?

You -are- part of the lunatic fringe, thetruth.

#20
ACT Light Rail3:52 pm, 07 Nov 08

This is good news for light rail policy in the ACT. The previous minister was so anti-light rail it was breathtaking.

#21
amarooresident4:18 pm, 07 Nov 08

The fact of the matter is that a 9% swing resulted in very little change – Stanhope stared down the greens and out negotiated them. Given the result of the election, he has come through relatively unscathed. I think most greens voters (I would be interested to hear from them) would have envisioned much more change than this. I think in their quiet moments most hoped that Stanhope would be punished and ditched (still maybe labor but with new blood and a fresh approach)

Your just making stuff up to suit your argument now. The Assembly has changed dramatically. Labor lost two seats the Libs lost one and the Greens gained three. Every single piece of legislation will now have to be negotiated through the Assembly which will require compromise on the part of the Government, which they didn’t have to do last time round. Ideally it will result in better legislation. If that’s not change I don’t know what is.

All in all I think the Canberra community knew exactly what it was doing.

#22
thetruth5:23 pm, 07 Nov 08

Sorry for being part of a “lunatic fringe” – I am a bit perplexed as to how that post was so out there (but maybe being fringe and thinking you are pretty much mainstream is what makes you a lunatic) – but this cabinet looks very familiar and very unchanged. A swing that big would indicate to me that some bigger changes could have been warranted.

There may be changes in the way the government acts, but that is untested so far.

We will see how it unfolds, especially as cuts to expenditure are required.

#23
miz6:45 pm, 07 Nov 08

I agree with thetruth actually. I am certainly waiting for something more than what we’ve got so far.

#24
housebound8:13 pm, 07 Nov 08

I think some of us were hoping for more change than returning the same old same olds, and we wanted the Greens to inject more than they seem to have.

#25
thetruth9:26 pm, 07 Nov 08

welcome to the “lunatic fringe” miz and housebound

#26
Sleaz27411:48 pm, 07 Nov 08

It’s still a Labor government people their Cabinet and Ministerial decisions will be entirely Labor. What the large number of Greens allow is far more negotiation, consultation, adaptation, debate and the inability to simply push through unpopular cabinet decisions such as happened with the school closures for instance. That particular action could not occur with the new Leg Ass setup. Well unless of course the Liberals supported it.

Hargreaves was terrible for TaMS talk about no consultation, kept them all like mushrooms and then just ordered things happen destroying any hope to adequately resource projects.

#27
disenfranchised8:17 am, 08 Nov 08

Just be thankful the Liberals couldn’t persuade the Greens to give them a crack at it. They tried every inducement to get the Greens onside. Anything it seems to grab the reins of power. Privately they all sneered at the Greens – have for years. That was monumental hypocrisy on their part. Imagine Dunne a Minister. She was a very ordinary Shadow Minister who managed to find myriad ways of doing nothing. She was never a team player and was widely disliked by most of her colleagues. Belconnen (Ginninderra) sent her a strong message (basically no thanks). You’d expect a much better result given her time at the Assembly. Coe is too young to be an MLA let alone hold anything approaching a powerful position. No doubt Kent and Mulcahy will be coaching him in private. The fact is Zed will make his 6 MLAs all Shadow Ministers and they’ll think they are important. We’ll have a diet of 4 years of press releases nobody reads or believes with the odd 15 second sound bite on WIN news from them. Watch Zed’s work rate. He had a reputation in his first three years of not putting in. Opposition can be very cosy for some. Many Liberals were relieved they didn’t win. The talent wasn’t there. Zed and his cronies talk victory, masking a very poor result in 2008 (the plain fact is Smyth achieved more in 2004).

Isn’t it time we changed the system in Canberra to one more like a Council? We cannot afford to carry the number of MLA drones we have on the payroll. If the public knew the pay and conditions of service for MLAs they would be horrified. For example, how can we afford to pay an Opposition leader a package of over $200K a year? What will we get for that? Our pretend parliament is just plain silly.

#28
johnboy9:20 am, 08 Nov 08

Me, I’d be glad to get some media releases out of the lazy good for nothings!

#29
Gungahlin Al9:35 am, 08 Nov 08

amarooresident said :

The fact of the matter is that a 9% swing resulted in very little change – Stanhope stared down the greens and out negotiated them. Given the result of the election, he has come through relatively unscathed. I think most greens voters (I would be interested to hear from them) would have envisioned much more change than this. I think in their quiet moments most hoped that Stanhope would be punished and ditched (still maybe labor but with new blood and a fresh approach)

Your just making stuff up to suit your argument now. The Assembly has changed dramatically. Labor lost two seats the Libs lost one and the Greens gained three. Every single piece of legislation will now have to be negotiated through the Assembly which will require compromise on the part of the Government, which they didn’t have to do last time round. Ideally it will result in better legislation. If that’s not change I don’t know what is.

All in all I think the Canberra community knew exactly what it was doing.

Sound reasoning amarooresident. Can I quote you in the next GunSmoke?

#30
housebound11:58 am, 08 Nov 08

Can we have a new category – ‘lunatic fringe’ for those who don’t uncritically support the Greens and are a bit skeptical about what they will actually be able to do?

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