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Guess the MOG

By Gungahlin Al - 17 August 2010 17

As the final days of the interminable beige campaign wind down, perhaps it is time to think about what changes are likely to be coming our way post-election?

It must be time then to play “Guess the MOG”.

What departments do you think will be up for the infamous Machinery of Government changes that keep Canberra’s office fitout and removalist businesses ticking over so nicely?

Murphy’s Law would have it that those most likely to get carved up would be those most recently moved into new consolidated premises? But maybe not.

What about Resources, Energy and Tourism? Tourism in with mining? WTF? What chance it would be back with Industry?

(As a side issue, of course there’s the basic question of why the entire APS has to restructure – at great expense – to suit every cabinet change? It may be a simplistic comparison, but it doesn’t happen with each change at the ACT Government level. And it is being done to a degree – Water still lies with DEWHA but under a different minister.)

(As a further side issue, there’s the chance of Abbott getting up, and his “natural attrition” getting under way. Perhaps all bets are off then…)

What’s Your opinion?


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17 Responses to
Guess the MOG
MrMagoo 10:14 am 18 Aug 10

Skidbladnir said :

Childcare will be a football yet again.

Sport will be too. If Labor gets up, Health may keep sport but then again no. If the ‘Mad Monk’ gets up sport will be ‘the football’ again and could end up back with Arts, or Tourism or well you know anywhere.

JessP 9:05 am 18 Aug 10

FaHCSIA to lose the Indigenous bits and perhaps also tehe Housing bit, making it FacS again!

We have had interesting times in the trenches – FaHCSIA moved the Ingigenous people into one building and the housing widgets into another (and neither of them into TOP) so if the chop comes they are easily set adrift.

Joy.

Thumper 9:01 am 18 Aug 10

Yep, I can see Climate Change getting sucked back into Environment and Peter Garrett given something minor like Arts. (Speaking of which, where is Garrett?)

Maybe a DEEWR split as well back to Education and workplace relations as different Depts.

Growling Ferret 8:27 am 18 Aug 10

I’m backing the abolition of Climate Change, and DEWHA to get back the crap bits they were happy to hock off 6 months ago

I-filed 10:38 pm 17 Aug 10

p1 said :

Will there still be one minister for the environment, and one for pulp mills and whales?

Interestingly, following Abbott’s comments today, he seems less likely than Labor to shunt the odd, squawky little hybrid hotch potch that is arts & culture away from Environment.

Skidbladnir 10:11 pm 17 Aug 10

Childcare will be a football yet again.

Mr Evil 9:27 pm 17 Aug 10

I was at a college careers market yesterday afternoon, and there were several Commonwealth Government Departments represented there.

They all had their very expensive banners, posters and brochures on display around them; all of which I couldn’t help thinking will be dumped into a rubbish hopper in a few weeks/months time as their departments are renamed, consolidated or broken up……again!

Primal 9:05 pm 17 Aug 10

All I ask is for nicer acronyms. I mean, really…DBCDE? (pronounced “Bacardi”, or alternatively “duhbeesuhdee”, sounds like obesity)…DITRDLG? (we just gave us and call it Infrastructure)

astrojax 9:05 pm 17 Aug 10

p1 said :

Will there still be one minister for the environment, and one for pulp mills and whales?

no, there’d be a hidey hole somewhere over there with a minister for the arts, local government and toe nail clippings; while there will be a climate change and sustainable environment super mass with kevin ’11 at the helm, with an unmarried-able woman senator snorting close by, waiting…

The Traineediplomat 8:21 pm 17 Aug 10

How about the Department of Immigration, Citizenship and Tourism… DICT…

Tempestas 7:34 pm 17 Aug 10

Gungahlin Al said :

Dr Strange said :

CPSU have been their usual quiet as church mouse status.

Of course they have been. Their former boss who oversaw the CPSU affiliating with the ALP is now one of the ALP’s prime candidates for election!

You mean except the ACT Senate Candidates Forum, copious mentions on their website and trying to get people to put up notices to come to meetings about what a Coalition might mean for the APS.

Of course if they were out the front of buildings some of you would be complaining they are partisan. If you think they do a crap job, join, contribute and make a difference, it is really easy to say “someone else never does anything”.

On topic.
DEEWR is too big as is, where to put Rudd may see Indigenous as a solo portfolio, if the ALP scrapes out a win.

If Tone gets up, Treasury will have a night of long knives, of course that will mean no-one is left to tell Joe how it works with charts and single syllable words. Climate change will go back to Environment.

Then the march of 12000 jobs followed by about 10,000 more as they “discover” new and interesting debts. Security and frightening people portfolio’s will get more money eventually.

Gungahlin Al 6:26 pm 17 Aug 10

Dr Strange said :

CPSU have been their usual quiet as church mouse status.

Of course they have been. Their former boss who oversaw the CPSU affiliating with the ALP is now one of the ALP’s prime candidates for election!

Dr Strange 5:27 pm 17 Aug 10

Then there is the ‘back to the future’ cuts for APS restructuring and the Public Service Commission even in Labour gets back in. Pleased to see ‘moving forward’ (forgetting the past??) applies to everything but the public service.

Anyone now think realistically there’s going to be any move towards harmonization of pay levels across the APS?

CPSU have been their usual quiet as church mouse status.

p1 5:27 pm 17 Aug 10

Will there still be one minister for the environment, and one for pulp mills and whales?

neanderthalsis 4:50 pm 17 Aug 10

DEEWR – back to the DEST/DEWR splt

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