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Faulkner sent to conduct mass executions in Defence

By johnboy - 5 June 2009 41

In March we discussed Defence’s dangerous and stupid leaking of its dangerous and stupid investigations into its own minister.

You will have all heard that the Minister got tripped up by his own largely unrelated piece of stupidity yesterday and was forced to fall on his sword.

We’ve just had word that Senator the Hon John Faulkner of the dodgy combover and retro glass frames is being sent to sort the bastards out.

I think the ratlike ones in Defence will soon wish they’d held onto Ftizgibbon.

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Faulkner sent to conduct mass executions in Defence
caf 3:37 pm 05 Jun 09

Brendan Nelson is a more recent example who was able to flame out separately to his time as Defence Minister.

phototext 3:29 pm 05 Jun 09

“Defence was certainly not a dead end for Beazley who was widely considered a very capable minister and (from what I’ve heard) was well liked throughout the department.”

Very true, but that was a long time ago, almost twenty years now.

captainwhorebags 3:22 pm 05 Jun 09

Defence was certainly not a dead end for Beazley who was widely considered a very capable minister and (from what I’ve heard) was well liked throughout the department.

Beazley faded out later, but not because of his six years as Defence minister.

Skidbladnir 3:14 pm 05 Jun 09

Dog bites tail, tail comes back uglier and with less hair.

neanderthalsis 3:08 pm 05 Jun 09

Anna Key said :

Aren’t publics servants, defence personnel etc supposed to serve the government and not just the people we like.

The Public Service exists to serve the needs of the Public Service. Ministers change on an all too regular basis, the PS breaks them in, makes sure they don’t make a mess of their little PS empire and spits them out into promotion up the cabinet ladder or political obscurity. And when a Department stuffs up, it is the Minister that gets the boot, not the Senior Executives responsible for administering the department.

DoD has a bit of a history of being a dead end for ministers.

John Moore, Ian MacLachlan, Peter Reith and Robert Hill all faded into political obscurity during or after their time in the portfolio. Now Joel Fitzgibbons has bought it (through his own doing mind you, not that of the DoD). John will no doubt go in, make some blustery speeches about reform and modernisation, buy some new submarines/tanks/planes/helecopters that don’t work and be shuffled off elsewhere in a year or two.

When a Department gets behind their minister, it is usually to knife them in the back…

weeziepops 2:57 pm 05 Jun 09

This is going to be fun to watch, but not so much fun for those inside DoD. I watch with interest to see how Faulkner gets along with his team…

phototext 2:49 pm 05 Jun 09

Faulkner or Gillard are about the only ones with the balls to take on Defence and not end up spat out with political career in tatters.

peterh 2:49 pm 05 Jun 09

Tempestas said :

As the Chinese proverb goes, this shall be interesting times.

Johnboy, you might need to start a clock to tick over changes in DoD in the coming months

chinese proverb in a thread about fitzgibbon? gold. pure gold. May you live in interesting times…

sepi 2:45 pm 05 Jun 09

APS are meant to serve pollies, but pollies are meant to be above board and not trying to hook up rellies with APS work.

I hope Faulkner gives Defence a chance and doesn’t just march in there and start telling them off on day one. Ministers in other Depts work with their Depts, and dont’ go out publically complaining bout them the whole time.

ant 2:44 pm 05 Jun 09

Yep, Defence have been a bit too clever for their own good. Faulkner was the scourge of dodgy dealing departments in Senate Estimates, and he’ll be well worded up on who and what to look at. My money’s definitely on the Senator.

YapYapYap 2:43 pm 05 Jun 09

He’s just the person to put the salts through that rabble

Tempestas 2:43 pm 05 Jun 09

As the Chinese proverb goes, this shall be interesting times.

Johnboy, you might need to start a clock to tick over changes in DoD in the coming months

Spectra 2:34 pm 05 Jun 09

It’s okay, defence was cleared by its own internal investigation of doing anything wrong – and what’s could be reliable and impartial than an internal investigation?

Faulkner has always struck me as a fellow who doesn’t take crap from anyone – that was certainly the impression he gave during senate estimates when he was in opposition. Be interesting to see if this shakes things up a bit.

peterh 2:34 pm 05 Jun 09

Anna Key said :

If the stories are true, its a bit disturbing what has taken place against Fitzgibbon. Aren’t publics servants, defence personnel etc supposed to serve the government and not just the people we like.

serve the government? not this time…

Anna Key 2:19 pm 05 Jun 09

If the stories are true, its a bit disturbing what has taken place against Fitzgibbon. Aren’t publics servants, defence personnel etc supposed to serve the government and not just the people we like.

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