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Is it Andrew Leigh’s turn in Cabinet?

By Gungahlin Al 23 March 2013 21
English: Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gil...

Prime Minister Julia Gillard at Rooty Hill, NSW (Photo: Wikipedia)

PM Julia Gillard has some pretty big holes to fill in her front bench after this week’s #nospill. And it probably isn’t just the ACT printers who are relishing the opportunities this presents.

With so many long-standing names names jumping before they are pushed, and probably a few more to join them after getting pushed, there’s a real (and way overdue) opportunity for the Federal ALP to install some fresh faces up front.

During the big day, ABC drew up the battlelines thus:

Gillard:

Swan
Feeney
Shorten
Bradbury
Combet
Perrett
Mitchell
Ludwig
Conroy
Danby
D’Ath
Dreyfus
Emerson
Evans
Farrell
L Ferguson
Garrett
Gray
Leigh
O’Neill
Plibersek
Rishworth
Ripoll
Roxon
Lundy
Grierson
Wong

Rudd:

Marles
Albanese
Jones
Stevens
Furner
Hall
Saffin
Griffin
Byrne
Fitzgibbon
Smyth
Bowen
Brodtmann
Cameron
K Carr
Champion
Crean
Crossin
Elliott
Faulkner
M Ferguson
Husic
Kelly
McClelland

Bob Carr and Dick Adams were both away from Canberra, but I believe in the Gillard camp. Quite a lot of others were missing from the ABC’s tally—there were a lot of people burnt last time who kept mum this time around…

From a Canberra perspective, this looks like Gai Brodtmann has dealt herself out of any short-term advancement. But Andrew Leigh is there in Camp PM. And no matter one’s politics, you’d have to admit that Leigh could bring a lot of credibility, sanity and critical analysis to a ministry role.

English: Candidate for Canberra Gai Brodtmann ...

Gai Brodtmann following the Federal Election 2010 ACT Declaration of Nominations. (Photo: Wikipedia)

The big question of course is would the PM appoint two ACT reps to the front bench, assuming Kate Lundy’s support (and, I believe, solid recent performance as Sports Minister) continues to be rewarded?

So what say you, RA? Will Leigh get his chance? And if so, what portfolio do you think would benefit most from his skill-set? (That’s assuming skill-sets get a look-in over factional dealing and squeaky wheel/state greasing…admittedly an audacious assumption when it comes to the ALP!)

Other prognostications? For mine, how about Penny Wong for Leader of the Government in the Senate?

What’s Your opinion?


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Gungahlin Al 4:14 pm 25 Mar 13

pajs said :

Roundhead89 said :

Gungahlin Al said :

Called it.
But surprised the PM kept Albanese front and centre.
Geez there are going to be some interesting memoires in a few years…

You forgot to mention the abolition of the Dept of Climate Change, Al …

Think you’ll find it’s an amalgamation rather than an abolition. Or has the Industry department been ‘abolished’ as well?

Yeah that. Although it becomes more complex when enforcer and encourager are under the one roof…
Meanwhile, they’re still waiting for Nishi to be finished so they have a home of their own. Oh wait…

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