The first Abbott Ministry

johnboy 16 September 2013 46

Attention public servants, these are your ministers.

Discuss at your leisure.

Eric Abetz as the “Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Public Service” looks a touch sinister…


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Genie Genie 9:15 am 18 Sep 13

LOL The Nishi building isn’t being wasted… or “waisted” as you put it.

Almost all staff that were employed by DCCEE still remain there.

There are also several legal firms that operate out of the building.

switch switch 8:50 am 18 Sep 13

IrishPete said :

waisted?

IP

Opposite of “necking.”

IrishPete IrishPete 8:10 pm 17 Sep 13

gazket said :

thebrownstreak69 said :

spinact said :

What! No Climate Change?

The Dept was disbanded earlier this year. Thanks, .

exactly Thanks Julia.
For leasing the Nishi building for 15-years at $158 million then closing the dept.
That’s a lot waisted First class flights right there

waisted?

IP

gazket gazket 3:40 pm 17 Sep 13

thebrownstreak69 said :

spinact said :

What! No Climate Change?

The Dept was disbanded earlier this year. Thanks, .

exactly Thanks Julia.
For leasing the Nishi building for 15-years at $158 million then closing the dept.
That’s a lot waisted First class flights right there

p1 p1 3:16 pm 17 Sep 13

Genie said :

Although secondly… how can Abbott say he respects the public service, but announces his Ministry but not the portfolio’s. We have to wait for them to be sworn in by the GG on Wednesday before the new portfolio’s are announced.

Some of us would like to know what is happening with our jobs.

Probably because they can’t really issue those instructions until they are actually in Government. Sure they could tell us what they intend to do, but isn’t it more fun spreading rumours* and speculating?

* – I won’t actually spread any good rumours right this second, as too many people know who I am and where I work. Not for much longer though, thank you “efficiency dividend” (farg I hate that term).

54-11 54-11 3:10 pm 17 Sep 13

milkman said :

spinact said :

What! No Climate Change?

Not quite.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/we-got-it-wrong-on-warming-says-ipcc/comments-e6frg8y6-1226719672318

Anyone that quotes the Murdoch press in support of their views has already lost the argument.

thebrownstreak69 thebrownstreak69 2:28 pm 17 Sep 13

spinact said :

thebrownstreak69 said :

spinact said :

What! No Climate Change?

The Dept was disbanded earlier this year. Thanks, Julia.

Sorry, I forgot to use a sarcasm font.

Your apology is noted.

🙂

spinact spinact 2:00 pm 17 Sep 13

thebrownstreak69 said :

spinact said :

What! No Climate Change?

The Dept was disbanded earlier this year. Thanks, Julia.

Sorry, I forgot to use a sarcasm font.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 11:41 am 17 Sep 13

More hyperbole from an Arts graduate, no doubt.

…said the bloke who writes letters about ‘indoctrination’ being ‘inflicted’ by ‘Commissars’ at ‘vast expense’, because vagina conspiracy.

Jethro Jethro 6:43 am 17 Sep 13

milkman said :

spinact said :

What! No Climate Change?

Not quite.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/we-got-it-wrong-on-warming-says-ipcc/comments-e6frg8y6-1226719672318

I’m sure the Murdoch press wouldn’t be misrepresenting the data on climate change.

CraigT CraigT 5:52 am 17 Sep 13

LegalNut said :

LSWCHP said :

What a phenomenal waste of money.

FFS, the only public servants that regularly fly First Class are departmental secretaries and that is mostly because they are accompanying Ministers who are also flying First Class. Pretty much every other public servant (and there are limited exceptions) are flying Business internationally.

Let’s hope those exceptions are identified and remedied then. I say this as somebody who has twice flown 1st-class courtesy of Foreign Affairs.

CraigT CraigT 5:14 am 17 Sep 13

Genie said :

Although secondly… how can Abbott say he respects the public service, but announces his Ministry but not the portfolio’s. We have to wait for them to be sworn in by the GG on Wednesday before the new portfolio’s are announced.

Some of us would like to know what is happening with our jobs.

Some of us would like to see an end to apostrophe abuse.

Diggety Diggety 11:59 pm 16 Sep 13

Genie said :

Although secondly… how can Abbott say he respects the public service, but announces his Ministry but not the portfolio’s. We have to wait for them to be sworn in by the GG on Wednesday before the new portfolio’s are announced.

Some of us would like to know what is happening with our jobs.

Surely that’s reason enough to take 12 months stress leave in the APS?

Genie Genie 10:08 pm 16 Sep 13

Although secondly… how can Abbott say he respects the public service, but announces his Ministry but not the portfolio’s. We have to wait for them to be sworn in by the GG on Wednesday before the new portfolio’s are announced.

Some of us would like to know what is happening with our jobs.

Genie Genie 10:06 pm 16 Sep 13

thebrownstreak69 said :

spinact said :

What! No Climate Change?

The Dept was disbanded earlier this year. Thanks, Julia.

The Department was disbanded but the portfolio wasn’t.

Climate Change went to the Department of Innovation and a million other things. The Energy Efficiency side went to Resources, Energy and Tourism.

Primal Primal 9:13 pm 16 Sep 13

Putting all other matters aside, may I say thank god for some sanity returning to government naming conventions!

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 8:59 pm 16 Sep 13

Sophie Mirabella. Hahahaahaahahaaaaahaahaaaaaaaa!!!

Thank god for small mercies.

LegalNut LegalNut 8:51 pm 16 Sep 13

LSWCHP said :

CraigT said :

If this is a sign of things to come, then not all is bad:
http://www.news.com.au/national-news/julie-bishop-orders-bureaucrats-to-fly-in-business-for-overseas-trips/story-fncynjr2-1226719451164

I would have given my left testicle to be a fly on the wall in the meeting where Julie’s directive was discussed.
HaHAHA. Suffer in your jocks, overpaid, arrogant DFAT-wits!

First class seats? The terrible suffering of business class? Jesus f*cking wept. I can’t believe this is serious. Nobody has ever flown first class in the history of my company, not even the owners. For many years even senior staff (like me) flew economy to the US, the middle east and elsewhere, and I would’ve given my left nut for a business class seat.

What a phenomenal waste of money.

FFS, the only public servants that regularly fly First Class are departmental secretaries and that is mostly because they are accompanying Ministers who are also flying First Class. Pretty much every other public servant (and there are limited exceptions) are flying Business internationally.

Frankly, that is pretty reasonable and there was no indication that the DFAT staffers were put out by the fact they were flying Business. In any case, Economy Class for long-haul international travel is a false economy if you want to get the most out of people on the ground and get productivity out of them in the air. Business is a reasonable compromise but the hoopla over the fact that Ministers generally travel First Class is hilarious.

I note there hasn’t been any complaint about the fact that the PM travels private.

Masquara Masquara 8:42 pm 16 Sep 13

poetix said :

Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts amused me.

Arts was his first choice (he’s a previous arts minister as well).

steveu steveu 7:51 pm 16 Sep 13

CraigT said :

I would have given my left testicle to be a fly on the wall in the meeting where Julie’s directive was discussed.

I would have given both to see her reaction when it was first brought to her attention….=D

I guess a reasonable move and pretty hard to justify spending top dollar when everyone else is tightening their belts.

And labor, for the last 2 years at least, has mastered “constructive dismissal” processes across the aps. Personally I can’t see the libs being able to be harsher, given the expertise that has been demonstrated so far by their predecessors…

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