Online papers are reporting that Kate Lundy and Bob McMullan have been dropped from the frontbench.
Let the speculation frenzy begin.
[ED – ABC story here]
And Kate is fat.
Rudd doesn’t particularly need to keep ACT Labor onside. After all they could have put my dog up as candidate for Fraser and he would have romped in (and he is better looking and cuter than McMullan).
Also, with Kate Lundy I’d say she got to the frontbench when capable women were in shorter supply in the ALP parliamentary team. Now there are younger, more capable women in parliament, so bye, bye Kate.
Chris Evans a senator from WA got Immigration
It is immigration and citizenship
Where is immigration and multicultural affairs? Maybe Rudd is looking for someone requiring a poisoned chalice?
International development assistance: Bob McMullan
So he didn’t miss out altogether.
I just hope he’s still in a position to influence the placement of new departmental offices away from the airport and out to the satellite cities.
I can’t see where Territories fits…
I’d second what fnaah said about Kate’s support for Gungahlin’s telecoms issues.
It seems that meritocracy has finally made its way to the Labor party, hooray!
Quite clever for internal Labor politics of Rudd to give Gillard a super-portfolio. Leaves plenty of opportunity to satisfy the factions by promoting them into a deputy minister role to handle the actual work, while leaving Gillard still in the public eye as the Minister and, to the public, not appearing to be pandering to the factions, which has always been Labor’s achilles heel for the public. (Obviously, there is no way Gillard or anyone could stay on top of a portfolio like that without help.)
I’ve got say, I’ve been very impressed throughout the whole campaign with the political astuteness of Rudd. He creamed Howard right from the word go in terms of political messages, dog-whistling and spin, and he seems to be showing the same ability to handle internal politics too. Note this isn’t necessarily a bad thing: a good deal is when everyone thinks they’re a winner.
Well, at least McMuppett will be able to sleep for another three years.
“Social Inclusion” – oh my sweet jesus!
Poor Kate isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. And she is lazy!
Bob will not be happy with his low ranking job either.
I can’t believe that Laurie Ferguson has a Parl Sec position….so much for Rudd awarding intelligence and not awarding party hacks.
Interesting Mike Kelly picked up a Parl Sec position. It took Nairn 10 years to receive one.
And it’s obviously Labor is back in town….we have a portfolio called ‘Social Inclusion’ LOL
No Kate was lazy; but she can certainly milk a media opportunity for all it’s worth!
Anyone else notice that DIAC was forgotten on the media releases until about 40 minutes after the announcment?
DCITA is now DBCDE (unpronouncable)
FaCSIA is now FaHCSaIA (no longer easy to say)
DoTARS is now DITRDLGa (unpronouncable)
DEWR is now DEEWR (pronouncable but not user-friendly.
Also, Penny Wong is now solely responsible for climate change. Not greenhouse gases, Penny Wong is to blame.
Kate Lundy was hardly lazy. I’m sure plenty of Gunghalinites were hoping she’d be telecommunications minister.
Lazy MPs don’t get rewarded????
What should we call Canberra’s newest Light Rail Vehicle?