Some, though not all, would know that Kevin Rudd appointed a senior Treasury official as his chief of staff a couple of weeks ago. Well, an interesting staff notice went out yesterday to all Treasury inboxes, imparting this information:
“Following Jim Murphy’s appointment as the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff and Jan Harris’s subsequent transfer to the role of Executive Director, Markets Group, I have decided to fill the rule of Executive Director, Policy Coordination and Governance temporarily, pending Jim’s eventual return to this role.”
Jim Murphy’s appointment as chief of staff was in part designed to reassure business that the PM would be aware of, and sensitive to, the needs and challenges of the business sector. How reassured will they actually be, given that this is obviously being viewed as a temporary role?
Or should we just interpret this as an indication that the Treasury Secretary, and the PM’s chief of staff, view a Coalition victory as a foregone conclusion?