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Women and long titles, things Tones don’t need.

By johnboy - 17 September 2013 26

Government News has a rundown on Tony Abbott’s great simplification of Ministerial titles.

Less cluttered, better focused, more energetic.

That was message to public servants and the electorate in Prime Minister elect Tony Abbott’s First Ministry announcement where not everyone gets a prize, and some portfolio ministries just plain disappear through downsizing likely to be mirrored in public service agency roles.

“What I’ve tried to do is to avoid long and sonorous titles, because once you start mentioning one lot, you’ve got to start mentioning everyone or they feel that they’re in some way neglected,” Mr Abbott said.

“There will be a reorganisation of portfolios that will flow from this particular Ministry . . . the administrative arrangements order will be published after the swearing in on Wednesday and some reorganisations inside the public service will obviously follow from that.”

And if you can’t find your position after Wednesday it might be you’re surplus to requirements!

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Women and long titles, things Tones don’t need.
dph 6:21 pm 17 Sep 13

PantsMan said :

neanderthalsis said :

dph said :

sepi said :

Given that Tony promised to abolish the climate change area

Seriously? As in, the whole climate change thing doesn’t exist so we don’t need a minister for it? Are people still trying to deny climate change exists in 2013?

Some people might actually think that climate change is an environmental issue, and a Minister for the Environment, who coincidentally, like the PM, is not a climate denier, has the portfolio that covers a range of environmental issues.

WRONG. Climate change is a socialist plot to deindustrialise the western world and introduce central economic planning and radical income redistribution. It has nothing to do with the environment, stupid!

Please tell me that you’re joking?

Ronald_Coase 5:56 pm 17 Sep 13

PantsMan said :

neanderthalsis said :

dph said :

sepi said :

Given that Tony promised to abolish the climate change area

Seriously? As in, the whole climate change thing doesn’t exist so we don’t need a minister for it? Are people still trying to deny climate change exists in 2013?

Some people might actually think that climate change is an environmental issue, and a Minister for the Environment, who coincidentally, like the PM, is not a climate denier, has the portfolio that covers a range of environmental issues.

WRONG. Climate change is a socialist plot to deindustrialise the western world and introduce central economic planning and radical income redistribution. It has nothing to do with the environment, stupid!

Which is exactly why the LNP wants to abolish a market-based mechanism in favour of direct intervention. I humbly bow before our new socialist overlords.

Roundhead89 4:54 pm 17 Sep 13

dph said :

sepi said :

Given that Tony promised to abolish the climate change area

Seriously? As in, the whole climate change thing doesn’t exist so we don’t need a minister for it? Are people still trying to deny climate change exists in 2013?

Barry O’Farrell in NSW and Campbell Newman in Qld don’t have Ministers For Climate Change and the sky hasn’t fallen in.

Deref 2:13 pm 17 Sep 13

Climate change is crap and so is science. Sport, on the other hand, is reallyreallyreally important.

PantsMan 1:46 pm 17 Sep 13

neanderthalsis said :

dph said :

sepi said :

Given that Tony promised to abolish the climate change area

Seriously? As in, the whole climate change thing doesn’t exist so we don’t need a minister for it? Are people still trying to deny climate change exists in 2013?

Some people might actually think that climate change is an environmental issue, and a Minister for the Environment, who coincidentally, like the PM, is not a climate denier, has the portfolio that covers a range of environmental issues.

WRONG. Climate change is a socialist plot to deindustrialise the western world and introduce central economic planning and radical income redistribution. It has nothing to do with the environment, stupid!

davo101 1:24 pm 17 Sep 13

Genie said :

Beginning to think not many of you actually work in the APS.

Based on comments on this site I’ve developed the understanding that no-one actually works in the APS.

sepi 12:57 pm 17 Sep 13

I think the names chosen for the ministries and the quite important sections left out altogether are sending a clear message of tony’s priorities.

sport and Anzac day are in for ministers, climate change and science are out.

it isn’t soley about simplifying names.

Genie 12:49 pm 17 Sep 13

Beginning to think not many of you actually work in the APS.

Neanderthalsis nailed it in post #1. Abbott is trying to simplify the departments.

There is no Minister for Climate Change because it will either fall under the Minister for Environment or the Minister for Industry. This is the same reason why we dont have a Minister for Energy, Science or Resources.

The same as there is no longer a Minister for things like aged care, mental health or disability. They will all fall under either the Minister for Health or the Minister for Social Services.

This is try and cut back on stupidly named departments such as DIICCSRTE, Which I believe is currently:
The Department of Innovation, Industry, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. (plus Small Business falls into this department too)

HiddenDragon 12:26 pm 17 Sep 13

If this truly is an indication that the Commonwealth will begin stepping back from areas which are “traditionally” the responsibility of the States and Territories, we are in for some interesting times.

In the meantime, and in search of a little silver lining in the cloud (such appropriate weather we’ve been having), I take some encouragement from the use of the word sonorous in that statement.

sepi 11:31 am 17 Sep 13

sorry – I jumped the gun – I thought this guy had got environment.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/climate-sceptic-mp-dennis-jensen-wants-to-be-science-minister-20130912-2tltt.html

I still expect climate change to get very short shrift under this govt.

thebrownstreak69 11:10 am 17 Sep 13

dph said :

sepi said :

Given that Tony promised to abolish the climate change area

Seriously? As in, the whole climate change thing doesn’t exist so we don’t need a minister for it? Are people still trying to deny climate change exists in 2013?

It’s more that the responsibility for climate change now rests with a broader environment focus.

neanderthalsis 11:06 am 17 Sep 13

dph said :

sepi said :

Given that Tony promised to abolish the climate change area

Seriously? As in, the whole climate change thing doesn’t exist so we don’t need a minister for it? Are people still trying to deny climate change exists in 2013?

Some people might actually think that climate change is an environmental issue, and a Minister for the Environment, who coincidentally, like the PM, is not a climate denier, has the portfolio that covers a range of environmental issues.

dph 10:49 am 17 Sep 13

sepi said :

Given that Tony promised to abolish the climate change area

Seriously? As in, the whole climate change thing doesn’t exist so we don’t need a minister for it? Are people still trying to deny climate change exists in 2013?

sepi 10:02 am 17 Sep 13

Given that Tony promised to abolish the climate change area, i doubt we have a minister for climate change. Especially as the minister in charge of environment is a climate change denier.

I also doubt we have a minister for Aging, or a minister for science, but I hope you are right.

neanderthalsis 9:32 am 17 Sep 13

Simplification is much better than the licorice allsorts departments we had under Labor. DIICCSRTE springs immediately to mind. Having a Minister for Social Services is better than have 5 Ministers and Parl Secs each covering a small aspect of what was FAHCSIA and each not talking to the other; Communications is a bit easier to handle than Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy; Climate Change fits nicely under Environment; etc. Sections of the media and the lefty luvvies are this morning making all sorts of noises because we don’t have a Minister for the Aging and no specific Minister for Climate Change. We do, they just have broader single titles instead of 4 different titles.

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