New cabinet announced

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced his new cabinet.

New cabinet announced

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced his new cabinet, which is tasked with providing ‘a government for the 21st century’. The new look cabinet sees the end of Joe Hockey’s 20-year parliamentary career, with the ex-treasurer overlooked for Defence Minister in favour of Senator Marise Payne, the first female to hold this portfolio.

“It has been a great honour to serve my local community as the second longest serving Member for North Sydney since Federation. I have no desire to break Billy Hughes’ record,” Mr Hockey said in a statement.

Also out of the cabinet is Kevin Andrews as Defence Minister, Eric Abetz and Ian McFarlane.

Kevin Andrews had this to say about his exclusion, “Frankly, my remaining in this job was not about me, it was all about the stability of our Defence Force in Australia and its leadership.

"Mr Turnbull's decision now means there have been more defence ministers in Australia than prime ministers in the last three years.

"As you know defence is meant to be a natural strength for the Coalition, but during this Government it's not always been the case and I'm proud of what therefore has been achieved."

The number of women in the previous cabinet has doubled with the inclusion of Marise Payne, Kelly O’Dwyer as assistant Treasurer and Small Business Minister, and Michaelia Cash as Employment Minister and Minister for Women.

As was widely expected, Scott Morrison will move from Social Services to Treasurer.

In his announcement, Mr Turnbull noted that the changes were part of a “process of renewal”.

"[The] introduction of new talent means that ... others have to leave. One of the great challenges for any leader is to ensure that there is renewal.

"That ... we are able to bring up new talent, new faces, into leadership positions over time, and that often means, that invariably means in fact, that very capable people have to move on, stand aside so that others can come through. And that's tough, for everybody concerned," he said.

Out-going Prime Minister Tony Abbott did not get a portfolio and will continue as a backbencher, representing Warringah.

The changes are as follows:

Out
Joe Hockey, Treasurer
Kevin Andrews, Defence Minster
Eric Abetz, Employment Minister
Ian McFarlane, Industry and Science Minister
Bruce Billson, Small Business Manager

On the move to
Scott Morrison, Treasurer
Christopher Pyne, Industry, Innovation and Science Minister
Marise Payne, Defence Minister
Fiona Nash, Rural Health Minister
Michaelia Cash, Minister for Women, Minister for Employment, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Kelly O’Dwyer, Small Business Minister and Assistant Treasurer
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Christian Porter, Social Services Minister
Steven Ciobo, Minister for International Development and the Pacific
Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water
Josh Frydenberg, Resources, Energy and Northern Australia Minister
Simon Birmingham, Education and Training Minister
Arthur Sinodinos, Cabinet Secretary
Paul Fletcher, Territories, Local Government and Major Projects Minster  
Jamie Briggs, Cities and the Built Environment Minister
Mal Brough, Defence Materiel and Science Minister
James McGrath, Assistance Minister to the Prime Minister
Scott Ryan, Assistant Cabinet Secretary

No change
Warren Truss, Deputy Prime Minister, Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister
Julie Bishop, Foreign Affairs Minister
Susan Ley, Health and Sport Minister
Nigel Scullion, Indigenous Affairs Minister
Andrew Robb, Trade and Investment Minister
Greg Hunt, Environment Minister
Peter Dutton, Immigration and Border Protection Minister
Alan Tudge, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister

Growing portfolio
Barnaby Joyce, Agriculture and Water Resources Minister
George Brandis, Attorney General and Government Senate Leader
Michael Keenan, Minister for Justice, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism

 
What do you think of the new cabinet? Has Malcolm Turnbull got the balance right? Should he have been more ruthless? Should there be a dedicated minister for Ageing?





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    Jen
    21st Sep 2015
    10:02am
    Got rid of some dead wood but not nearly enough. Would have preferred Brandis, Pyne, Dutton, Hunt, Joyce, Morrison and Robb had also been chopped. Not that it will make much of a difference with Turnbull vowing to follow in Abbott's footsteps. This is Turnbull's biggest mistake. How come he doesn't know that it was the policies more than the salesmen that got up people's noses? Back to same old, same old.
    wally
    21st Sep 2015
    2:14pm
    U tellum Jen!
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    6:23pm
    I think most of us who are unhappy with where we were going (nowhere) have the same concerns, Jen. It will depend on those women to talk some sense into the guys.
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:31pm
    Good list Jen. Agree with you.
    Pass the Ductape
    22nd Sep 2015
    4:14am
    Follow in Abbott's footsteps? I doubt that! By the time Turnbull finds his feet to do anything, he'll be too busy dodging out of the way of the tide of illegal boat 'refugees'. They're all lined up along the shores of Indonesia just waiting to jump aboard a people smuggler's boat at the first opportunity! They just love Mr Turnbull!
    MITZY
    24th Sep 2015
    2:13pm
    At least Brandis lost part of his portfolio ("Arts") and had to be sworn in again.
    Mitch Fifield is now Minister for Communications and also "The Arts". I wonder if Brandis will part with all those book shelves and books he purchased and hand them over to Mitch Fifield? I doubt it. And, although Pyne, lost his Education title (a good thing seeing he didn't ask one question on education in question time whilst in Opposition) he may not be quite as vocal in his new portfolio, hopefully.

    21st Sep 2015
    10:38am
    The policies are what delivered a landslide to the coalition at the last election . The problem was the inability of the Abbott Govt to communicate .
    Jen
    21st Sep 2015
    10:43am
    Ah but Pete, surely you know that landslide has been eroded away 'till it no longer exists? Do you deny that 30 consecutive polls show the LNP significantly behind Labor? Are all these polls incorrect?

    One would need to have one's head buried deeply in the sand to think it was just a communication problem.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    10:49am
    If the polls are always correct the conservatives would not be in power in the UK.
    The reason Abbott was replaced was the polls .
    Early polls on Turnbull show a dramatic turnaround.
    Now the spotlight is on Labor and their policies???
    Tom Tank
    21st Sep 2015
    11:33am
    The reason Abbott won the last election was because the ALP were so "on the nose". It is a fact that Governments lose elections not that Oppositions win them.
    Anytime a party loses office they always put it down to a lack of communication. If the policies are bad the greatest communicator in the World, and Tony sure wasn't that, will not be able to sell them over a period of time when they are tested.
    One group who will be pleased will be the manufacturers of blue ties as with time they just might manage to establish that item as a sign of trustworthiness. It has taken a battering recently.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    11:41am
    It is a fact that govt loose elections not that oppositions win them ???? ..Geez that's putting down the Australian voters ....

    Voters don't like their tax being pissed up the wall .
    Scrivener
    21st Sep 2015
    2:03pm
    Coalition, sort of, Libs definitely not. The Libs could not govern without the numbers and self-interest of the country Pollies. A landslide you say? Won, you say? But the slogans were later seen to be just that. Slogans. Nothing more than slogans. empty, waffling, stupid slogans at that. Not the Coalition did not win the last election, the shock-jocks did. The Labor party lost the election, the libs didn't win it. Still, both Gillard and Rudd served longer than the destroyer, Abbott.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    2:17pm
    Did Whitlam win ? Did Hawke win?
    Tom Tank
    21st Sep 2015
    3:27pm
    Whitlam didn't win Billy "Big Ears' McMahon lost it as did Fraser to Hawke.
    Fact of life that the voters see through a Government that has run it's course and needs to be turned over.
    A little vision outside Party spin does wonders for understanding.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    3:33pm
    Thank goodness for the few voters in swinging electorates that decide elections based on their hip pocket...
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    6:26pm
    The policies that appealed in the last election was directed to the ignorant and fearful. You can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool some of the people all the time. Abbott appealed to the yobbo vote who admire those who can knock things down. We need builders in this country, not knockers.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    7:34pm
    Abbott won in a landslide with labor getting its lowest vote ever. So your insults are directed at the majority of voters . It's this Inner city ABC view of the world that will keep the labor / green alliance out of power for a long time.
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:34pm
    No Pete. The media, a scare campaign and lies on lies is what delivered a landslide. Had Labor done something about the flood of boat people and properly explained Who was running the "bad bad Carbon Tax" lie then it may have been a different story. History. Next one in the tube and waiting to go shortly.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    10:55pm
    Kevin Rudd says Labor 'got it wrong' on introducing carbon tax without mandate
    By Rosanna Ryan
    Updated 25 Aug 2013, 3:32pm

    PHOTO: Kevin Rudd says all governments make mistakes.
    Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has admitted Labor did not have a mandate for introducing a carbon tax, naming it as a major policy the party "got wrong" during its term in Government.

    Asked on Insiders this morning why the Government deserved to be re-elected, he said all governments make mistakes.
    Digger
    21st Sep 2015
    10:52am
    Here we go - another Defence minister that knows nothing about running a Defence portfolio. She was made Defence Minister because there is no alternative.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    10:57am
    We need civilians running defence , not part of the industrial military complex .
    Defence contracts should be as efficient for taxpayers as possible not make work projects .
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    10:59am
    Now we have a woman in charge maybe we can get rid of drab colours . How about a nice pink sub...
    Scrivener
    21st Sep 2015
    1:57pm
    Brilliant strategic move - they just got a certain Tassie ex-PUP senator on side - if the new minister starts to care for serving and ex-serving personnel and less about things that make a big bang.
    Hasbeen
    21st Sep 2015
    2:55pm
    Well this tells us how much the new peacock, I mean prime minister cares about defence. What he was doing was trying to find somewhere for another woman, & a useless one at that.

    One would think our experience with the last bottle redhead would have been enough.
    tj
    21st Sep 2015
    6:22pm
    The reason she was made defence minister is because she is a leftie like Turnbul
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    6:29pm
    Maybe she will actually be a defence minister instead of an attack minister which we have had ever since Howard. We should call our armed services the AAF, not the ADF under these right wing warmongers.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    10:57pm
    Julia Gillard stationed foreign troops on our border with Indonesia ...
    JAID
    21st Sep 2015
    11:20am
    I wonder how many public servants are required to occupy the 'secretariates' of 30 Ministers. That is, how many fewer would be required for 15 or 18 ministries.

    True, lower ministry numbers have been tried and never lasted. Maybe a ministry for everybody would be worth a try. You get into government and your salary automatically earns you a slice of special responsiblity even if only of minister assisting status. Performers filter to the top. The half dozen super ministries could pay extra. People, State, Development, Product, Finance, Services.

    Just chatter for the sake of it.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    11:23am
    Wonder why we have a federal dept of health that runs no hospitals ...
    Or an Education dept that runs no schools.
    wally
    21st Sep 2015
    2:17pm
    pete. God help us if the Feds tried to run the schools or hospitals
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    2:32pm
    They tried under Rudd ..but your right ..
    Hasbeen
    21st Sep 2015
    2:58pm
    Come on wally, we saw what happened when Beattie ran them in Queensland. They are still trying to work who they paid twice.
    mangomick
    21st Sep 2015
    12:35pm
    Christopher Pyne ...............another Climate change skeptic as Science Minister??? Guess that makes sense when Libs didn't place any emphasis on science and added science to the portfolio later on .Surprised they didn't make it sport and science portfolio rather than health and science. Wonder where the priority lies with that Health and Sport portfolio. Guess we all know it is a bit of a race to get medical and hospital care in Australia after the funding cuts that the States have gotten recently.Maybe thats why sport and health are in the same portfolio.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    1:00pm
    Cheer up mate you will live longer .. Probably not long enough to see a Labor government..
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    6:31pm
    Pyne only pretended to be a Climate Change skeptic. Now he can pretend to be a Climate Change believer.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    8:50pm
    Pyne has so little time from his work that he can write books etc.... I write books and it takes a fair while to get one up and going...
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    8:54pm
    Maybe he is younger .
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    9:08pm
    The best one is the UN ! :-) Saudi Sheik as Ambassador for Human Rights ?? :-) :-)
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:37pm
    The coal industry would be pleased that Pyne got the Science portfolio.
    You wouldn't want a person who saw the merits, watched how the rest of the developed world was moving and wanted to do something to give future humans a fighting chance. Pyne was the right pick given the needs of the fossil fuel industry.
    PlanB
    21st Sep 2015
    1:04pm
    I would like to see the back of Greg Hunt / Chris Pyne / Barnaby Joyce / Sussan Ley / Peter Dutton / Kelly O'Dywer / Sinodinos/

    Also do not like Morrison / or Julie Bishop
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    1:06pm
    Guess you had better vote for Shorten Plan B
    PlanB
    21st Sep 2015
    1:20pm
    No way Pete, I will be voting Independent
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    1:29pm
    Well that's OK in the Senate .. But what about the Lower House...
    Luchar
    21st Sep 2015
    4:50pm
    Great idea, PlanB. Wouldn't this country go ahead with an entire parliament made up of Windsors, Oakshots, Lambies and Bricks with Eyes.
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    6:32pm
    Who do you like?
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:41pm
    Hunt and Pyne are rather despicable types. Unabated liars in the Abbott mould and the choice of vested interests trying to further their own needs. Joyce at the very least spoke up for the tragedy of a coal mine adjacent to the Liverpool Plains (a national disgrace!) but is silent when it comes to freehold Australian farming land being sold to the Chinese government and others.
    It comes down to the whole pack of misfits need to go and a new bunch who are half human need to take their places.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    10:59pm
    Like the CFMEU for instance ...
    Alexia_x
    21st Sep 2015
    1:07pm
    Brandis and Pyne should have gone, they are not assets to any government. And Morrison....well we will se but it seems the people who knows what to do in government are absent and the ignoramuses are present.
    Good luck Mr Turnbull, but they are not much turn and a lot of...
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    6:34pm
    Well, Brandis is a bigot, Pyne is an idiot and Morrison is a sociopath. I think they are perfectly qualified to be running Australia.
    Alexia_x
    21st Sep 2015
    1:08pm
    Dead wood, dead wood, dead wood....zzzzzzzzzzzzz
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    1:20pm
    Yeah let's get the Unions back ....They know how to run a Govt...
    wally
    21st Sep 2015
    2:24pm
    Now that Malcolm has increased the number of ministers in his government by over 20% will we see a similar increase in the number of bureaucrats and public servants in their departments? How much will all of that cost? Will the new breed of public servant become union members and pay even more money into union coffers?
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    6:35pm
    Might help with the unemployment percentage, Wally.
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:43pm
    Yeah Pete. Big business owned hacks are as bad as unions. Actually much worse given what it costs our nation to feed the needs of its election funding providers.
    wally
    22nd Sep 2015
    10:32am
    mick, are you suggesting that big business should imitate Australia's big unions and their misappropriation of union funds "extorted" the rank and file union membership through union dues and levies? Or that the union controlled stooges in parliament are better that the stooges that bib business controls?
    Anonymous
    22nd Sep 2015
    10:41am
    10 per cent of "workers" belong to unions . 100 per cent of Labor MPs belong to unions ...
    Labor is a threat to democracy ...
    tisme
    21st Sep 2015
    1:48pm
    no disability /carers minster , so we cease to exist, is there another pay rise for mps coming up?? this is how they pay for it
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    6:37pm
    Oh, I thought that was the new minister lineup was all about. Disability. Millions will go to their assistance.
    Scrivener
    21st Sep 2015
    1:51pm
    Well finally, a visionary sailing the ship of state toward an horizon of hope and he cast off the dead weight ship's anchors. Lets hope Bill sees the same future - after all it's about vision, hope, jobs and opportunity. The thoughtful leader with the human touch that we needed emerged in the nick of time. I have voted Labor all my life - but now!!!
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    2:02pm
    Lovely post you can almost feel a new wave of Optimism spreading out from NSW to other States...
    wally
    21st Sep 2015
    2:28pm
    Yes, the wave of optimism will become an irresistible tsunami of joy and happiness until the populace notices that the Messiah haS FEET OF CLAY AND ISN'T REALLY WALKING ON WATER.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    2:33pm
    Wal the country needs some optimism ..
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    2:35pm
    And this site even more so ...
    Tom Tank
    21st Sep 2015
    3:30pm
    What this site needs is less claptrap from welded on supporters of both sides of politics.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    5:17pm
    Yes I agree support the LDP , my party..
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    6:38pm
    Frank has been very quiet. Must feel out of a job now Turnbull is so popular.
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:46pm
    Funny Pete, were you not one of the attackers of the new PM only a few weeks ago: leftie Labor hack is the terminology I recall was being used to describe Turnbull when I suggested that the government needed to get rid of Abbott and put a half decent (Turnbull) person in his place.
    In the end lets see if the policies are any different. From the calls of halving the corporate tax rate put out by the business lobby 2 days after Turnbull won I fear that nothing has changed other than the leader. But in all fairness lets wait and see.
    Tom Tank
    22nd Sep 2015
    8:54am
    Well Pete I suppose you must be celebrating the LDP's great victory in getting the Adler shotgun approved for sale. That says it all about the LDP's values.
    Anonymous
    22nd Sep 2015
    9:02am
    The Coalition appeals to people who work in the private sector while Labor is the choice of those who rely on the public purse for their income through occupation or welfare.

    The goal is not consensus but common ground: the shared national interest in prosperity.
    Anonymous
    22nd Sep 2015
    9:09am
    Tom Tank I belong to the LDP because I am a libertarian . I believe in those old Aussie values of freedom of the individual over the state ..
    This includes having my own views on LDP policies and not blindly accepting every policy as holy writ .
    Why not discuss some broader policies of LDP or tell me what policies or positive reason you would vote for the party of your choice ..
    Tom Tank
    23rd Sep 2015
    8:34am
    Well Pete the values I believe in are the Aussie values of community working together for the common good. It is what is really meant by Mateship when whoever is in difficulty the community gather round to help.
    The cult of the individual is to say "it is their own fault for getting into trouble."
    To say that the Coalition appeals to the Private sector while Labor is the choice of those relying on the public purse is such arrant nonsense as to be totally not worthy of a reply.
    mangomick
    23rd Sep 2015
    6:33pm
    Well i guess I'm in the cult of the individual. If you get into trouble, realistically who else can you rightfully blame except for yourself, regardless of the circumstances.
    You sow what you reap and you make your own bed to lie on. Two rules of "life physics". Water always finds it's own level and cream always floats to the top.
    Mike
    21st Sep 2015
    3:12pm
    Christopher Pyne in the cabinet? I am surprised Turnbull didn't give the treasurer's job to Bronyn ( lives the high life) Bishop
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    6:39pm
    Cutting, Mike. :)
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:47pm
    Turnbull could not afford the parachute Bronny needed to escape the chopper methinks.
    nico
    21st Sep 2015
    3:31pm
    I think, given the conditions, Malcolm Turnbull has made the right decisions to stabilise his government. Australia can be proud of the stability once offered by the Liberal coalition and I hope we will see a return to this base. Government is about people not individuals and sadly Tony Abbott overlooked this.
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    6:40pm
    I don't think Tony thought much about anything Nico. He is not an intellectual giant by any means.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    7:16pm
    Totally disagree
    MITZY
    24th Sep 2015
    2:04pm
    Its not Malcolm Turnbull's government its "our" government. We vote, we decide.
    Malcolm Turnbull is in charge of the government that we have put in power. He has to quickly lose the "I, I, I" and the "Me, me, me". Having a better look, better speech, better rhetoric etc. than Abbott doesn't turn into better government. We will have to see if he and his appointees turn rhetoric into substance. He has approximately twelve months to do so before we decide again.
    Jude
    21st Sep 2015
    4:07pm
    Would be interesting to know what qualifications they have for the portfolios they have been given. For instance does the new treasurer have any qualifications in economics? Surely some form of expertise should be necessary to have any suitability for these positions. Teachers have to address selection criteria and have interviews to get a teaching position, plus of course 4 years of uni studies, and that's just to get a teaching position, lots more experience needed and more red tape for promotion positions. Politicians, who knows what qualifications they have, if any. Promotions should not be based on gender, age, race, and definitely not on disloyalty to their former leader.
    retroy
    21st Sep 2015
    5:18pm
    A degree in economics would be the least desirable qualification !

    An ability to successfully run a large and diverse business would top my list.

    Look what we have had in the past.... the worlds greatest treasurer, ...... a trade unionist, professional labor apparatchik, who never had to make a quid with his expertise running a business. no wonder he sent the country broke.
    retroy
    21st Sep 2015
    5:18pm
    A degree in economics would be the least desirable qualification !

    An ability to successfully run a large and diverse business would top my list.

    Look what we have had in the past.... the worlds greatest treasurer, ...... a trade unionist, professional labor apparatchik, who never had to make a quid with his expertise running a business. no wonder he sent the country broke.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    5:19pm
    We need more diversity in our teachers , they all come out of the same mould . As females from a left wing hothouse of our Univercities all expounding the same PC nonsense..,
    retroy
    21st Sep 2015
    5:19pm
    must be a good comment if it came out twice with just one click
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    6:43pm
    Politicians are not experts on anything except politicing. They are dependent on their advisers. Just like journalists. We always make the mistake of assuming that the journalist is an expert on the subject they are writing about. Just in the same way we want to believe a politician is an expert on what they are talking about. It's just not so, Jude.
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:52pm
    The normal crap from the normal right wing hacks.
    Did Costello or Keating have economics degrees? And given the state of the world do you think economists are worth two bob?
    And as for "teachers" it would be appreciated if right wing hacks researched some of their foolish comments before they posted their propaganda. Teachers are not all female and neither are they left wingers. THEY COME IN ALL FLAVOURS. Therpoblem with right wing hacks is the same as that of the Abbott government: they cannot accept that their view is not shared by all and do their best to kill off any dissent.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    11:41pm
    16 per cent of NSW teachers are male ...
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    11:43pm
    Australians normally vote right .. Since Federation right wing governments have been in power two thirds of the time , longer if you include Hawke ...
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    4:22pm
    The previous leadership of the LNP failed to articulate a vision for the future that resonated with the public. Many of Abbott's ministers followed the advice of the IPA which has an extreme right wing agenda with acquiescence to the coal lobby that squashed development in areas that that did not benefit fossil fuel industries. The IPA wants to unravel Medicare and welfare generally. We can only hope that with a new forward thinking cabinet with an eye on the development of new industries and nurturing of small business along with an emphasis on training, education and health, we will see an increase in sustainable productivity, which mining cannot promise. I think Turnbull is smart enough to recognise this and has (hopefully) selected his ministry with those perspectives in mind. With our new defence minister, there may well be a shift away from warmongering and a new emphasis on negotiation and political solutions to foreign issues and border protection. Sabre rattling and blind bombing will have no effect on the Middle East issues. In fact it will exacerbate the problem. We need to engage in long term solutions not knee jerk reactions for cheap votes from the yobbo sector.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    5:26pm
    I wish they would expound some right wing policies of lower tax and smaller govt . And more personal responsibility . To unleash a pent up entrepreneurial sprit that we need so badly.
    Instead of this we got higher tax scared to tackle dying unions . Or to tackle middle class or corporate welfare...and foreign adventures that have nothing to do with us ..
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    6:18pm
    Agreed Pete. Why we subsidize coal giants is a mystery to me, unless of course they are a major source of income to the LNP election campaign bucket. It makes sense to me to tax corporations who are ripping megabucks out of this country and exporting it overseas. But of course, we can't have a supertax on major mining corporations, nor can we have a Carbon Tax on major polluters. We are a gutless bunch of wingers.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    7:23pm
    At least he got rid of some tax and stopped spending billions on unauthorised arrivals . Cut some wasted green billions but not enough .
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    9:10pm
    Yup - now we can spend billions sending them to Survivor - Manus Island... a future Devil's Island for failed politicians is the next step.... instead of giving them ambassadorships...

    No trough too tough........
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:54pm
    More than that Paulodapotter. The coal industry provided ELECTION FUNDING. Once any party accepts funding they are bought and required to 'repay' the debt. Needs to be made illegal but neither side will.

    21st Sep 2015
    5:31pm
    At this point in time am looking towards Xenophon, The Greens and quality independents and to some extent feel the 2 main political parties - Liberal/Labor - have run their course and it's time to let someone else have a go.....

    However having said that and although pretty much a Labor voter all my life am open to giving Turnbull a shot at the top job and will be interested to see how things unfold....

    Sadly just can't be at peace with Shorten as leader of the Labor Party and think like Abbott he should go...
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    6:20pm
    ve always been partial to Albeneze. Seems to be a straight shooter to me and has a bit on nouse.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    6:31pm
    More than a bit on the nose . He reeks ..
    tj
    21st Sep 2015
    6:32pm
    I always had bit of respect for Albo until he had the rant about Bernadis telling it like it really was about the tragic circumstances leading to the little boys death on the Turkish beach
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    6:47pm
    Tj, that was a pack of lies. Where have you been. The story Bolt and Jones told has been shot down in flames. Bernadis is a xenophobic creep and should be made a refugee in his own country to get a taste of what it's like. Don't be a bogan or yobbo, tj.

    I guess you were having a bit of a joke, Pete. Unless of course you know Albo has a BO problem?
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    7:04pm
    No joke if you are from NSW you will know Albie and his wife are deep in the mire. He promoted Obeid .
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:57pm
    Funny how none of the posts above address your comment Shetso1.
    You are on the money. Xenophon has credibility and gets things done. I would love to see him start up an Independents Party where members had FREE WILL. You'll never see that in either Labor or Liberal parties which are both controlled by a small band of power brokers as well as vested interests paying into election coffers.
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    11:01pm
    Had no idea on that Pete. Can I find other sources that support your claim?
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    11:05pm
    Yes google it ....
    Anonymous
    22nd Sep 2015
    5:20am
    You could start with Mark Lathams piece in the monthly , The Party Boys ..
    Anonymous
    22nd Sep 2015
    6:36am
    Mick,

    Xenophon has started his own Independents Paty called 'The Nick Xenophon Team' and intends to field candidates throughout Australia in the next election (Ref: 'Independent Senator Nick Xenophon launches new national political party - ABC News - 7.12.14)......

    Think the time has well and truly come for a credible alternative to the 2 major parties which have smugly and arrogantly monopolised and dominated the political landscape of Australia for decades, and believe minor parties and quality independents may make have an impact in the 2016 and upset the applecart somewhat...
    Anonymous
    22nd Sep 2015
    8:35am
    Politics is about the clash of ideas , the left have not had an idea since Marx. They are the true conservatives who are frightened by the rapid changing modern world . And want to cling to old certainties of discredited class warfare and the Nanny State.
    Fred
    21st Sep 2015
    6:58pm
    Should there be a dedicated minister for Ageing? Yes why not he has a Minister for everything else. I wonder how much extra this Cabinet is going to cost us compared to the previous one as there are quite a few more cabinet members and ofcourse coming from the back bench they will get substantial pay rises. I wonder what qualifications all these people have to be in the position they are the Attorney General is always a lawyer or Barrister but does the Treasurer have a Finance Degree, Does the Defence Minister know anything about the Defence Force or it's troops, Does the Minster for Veteran Affairs know anything about Veterans. These are just a few and there would be many more. In Private Enterprise if you applied for a Job that you knew nothing about I am sure you would not get the job. Politicians live in a world of their own.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    7:17pm
    Think I'd be reasonably comfortable with a Minister for Ageing. As I understand it the baby boomers are one of the largest, if not the largest demographic in Australia ....Think issues like employment, health, affordable housing, family responsibility i.e. the 'sandwich generation' effect as in being caught between caring for grandchildren and perhaps elderly parents etc. Believe such issues and similar could feed into such a ministry..
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    7:47pm
    Maybe each generation could have its own minister .
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    8:31pm
    Yes Shetso1 When You put it like that ! Older People are taken for Granted ! :-(
    particolor
    21st Sep 2015
    7:42pm
    Redheads have more Fire Power ! :-)
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    9:03pm
    Hush, but her hair's dyed - when's the funeral?
    MICK
    21st Sep 2015
    10:58pm
    Talking about the ranga?

    21st Sep 2015
    8:20pm
    How is Payne going to sell the focus on Defence being fit. Defence personnel are assessed upon their weight in performance appraisal. Not much respect will be forthcoming. The Defence personnel are monitored for their weight.
    Anonymous
    21st Sep 2015
    8:30pm
    Disgusting
    Paulodapotter
    21st Sep 2015
    11:04pm
    Maybe she is fitter than you think. Looks like she could pack a wallop. Look at our Governor-General.

    21st Sep 2015
    8:56pm
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqWsHrNFuv4&feature=player_embedded

    21st Sep 2015
    11:06pm
    Rupert Murdoch
    Rupert Murdoch – Verified account ?@rupertmurdoch

    Sad to see such a decent man as Abbott toppled. Now Turnbull needs a November election before Labor sacks Shorten.
    5:00 AM - 14 Sep 2015
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    Anonymous
    22nd Sep 2015
    8:37am
    Not one person saw the joke of the above post .
    Geez I thought 70 was the new 50 ..
    Guess people who enjoy life don't come onto YLC .
    Anonymous
    22nd Sep 2015
    9:20am
    Well, guess you don't - you're always on here!
    Anonymous
    22nd Sep 2015
    10:11am
    How do you know ? Happy one ,,,
    Paulodapotter
    22nd Sep 2015
    12:37pm
    I think I just read how decency can be redefined. If you think gays should be marginalised (even his own sister) then that would be regarded as decent. If you think supporting an illegal war that resulted in the destruction of a country, then that would be decent. If you believe, that using refugees as a means of bolstering your election stakes, then that would be decent. If you think engaging in vicious personal attacks on your opponents, then that would be decent. If you think preying on people's ignorance and xenophobic tendencies then that would be decent. If you take your religious advice from someone who turned a blind eye to child sexual abuse without ever making any a statement of disgust against that behaviour, then I guess we are talking about a decent person. I think I'm talking about a creep.
    PlanB
    22nd Sep 2015
    2:26pm
    So right Paul' Abbott is and always was a creep and would do ANYTHING to get AND stay in his top job, I have heard so many say he is a decent man, however there is NOTHING about him IMO that has showed as decent in ANY way.
    He is not loyal either and I am sure he is still not finished with his bitter venom.

    Does any one else notice that Abbott is looking rather Soooooo much older and rather unwell in the last 2 years?
    Anonymous
    22nd Sep 2015
    2:46pm
    So bitter plan B
    PlanB
    22nd Sep 2015
    2:51pm
    Yes Abbott is a very bitter person Pete
    mangomick
    22nd Sep 2015
    3:11pm
    Trouble is Paulo..... Labor had their chance when in power to legalize gay marriage and they kicked the can down the road. Labor locked women and children in razor wired detention centers and correct me if I am wrong but kept the press away so the Australian people couldn't see the faces of the young and were not labor the first to look at Nauru as a solution, I don't know about Shortens religious persuasion but I imagine he would be similar to Abbott and Labor never made too much noise of their disgust of the catholic church. And Labor always takes a bi-partisan approach to issues such as Defence.Guess the sad part is,when put under the microscope, there really isn't that much difference in either major parties policies.
    PlanB
    22nd Sep 2015
    3:22pm
    Mango,
    Bill Shorten is Catholic also so I guess we can not expect any noise from any of the Catholics about the disgusting sex abuse
    mangomick
    22nd Sep 2015
    3:35pm
    Don't think the Catholics are alone. Plenty of others. Just that the Catholics are more sanctimonious than the rest who have been caught out.
    Paulodapotter
    22nd Sep 2015
    6:28pm
    You're right there Mangomick, but two wrongs don't make a right. However, it was Gillard that brought in the long overdue Royal Commission into child abuse, so you are wrong on that one.
    geomac
    22nd Sep 2015
    4:10pm
    Cannot understand Brough getting a gig with all his baggage from the Ashby/Slipper legal disaster. Another one is Dutton who has continually been exposed as a dud. Those two are negatives but will reserve judgement on the rest. Than again Pyne is an interesting one because of his triple back flip on education. Was that because of Abbott or just Pyne ?
    Either way the sales team might be better but the product is still a lemon.
    mangomick
    22nd Sep 2015
    4:24pm
    Yeah, this.......... https://newmatilda.com/2015/09/19/emergency-intervention-malcolm-turnbull-about-bring-back-mal-brough-and-declare-war-black .........makes interesting reading.
    I always thought he was touted as an up and coming young minister. Got to have seconds thoughts after reading all that.He's got to know some body.
    Paulodapotter
    22nd Sep 2015
    6:31pm
    Politicians rely on short term electorial memories, Geomac. The entire Australian constituency suffers from collective Alzheimers.
    Anonymous
    23rd Sep 2015
    6:18am
    Australians have very good Elecrorial memories that's why they never elect Labor unless they are liberals , Rudd was elected as he said he was Howard light . In 2007 he said he was an economic rationalist , he would cut tax . Hawk was the best liberal PM we have ever had and was supported in all his radical right agenda by the coalition against his own left..
    Australia elects long term stable govt . With both Hawke/Keating and Howard being three term govt.
    the aberration was the recent turmoil of the Rudd /Gillard years and a minority govt .
    I expect Malcolm will return Australia to the norm of long term stable govt .
    This will give labor a chance to reform and cut itself off from the stench of the unions and become a party for all Australians not just an elite..
    jamesmn
    22nd Sep 2015
    10:54pm
    same policies different salesperson won't make any difference no mention of the gay marriage or the carbon tax and to attack the pensioners and then to bring in the maternity package which abbot always said was his baby which was to benefit abbots daughters turn ball would want to watch out for the boat people everyone knows abbot was paying the Indonesians to stop the boat people turnball is ahead in the polls at the moment wait a few months that always happens to a new prime minister he will end up the same as abbot there is too much unrest within the liberal party it will come to bite him.
    Jen
    23rd Sep 2015
    7:18am
    Same bunch of ratbags: https://www.facebook.com/AATLNP/photos/a.10151229649083968.512242.180330388967/10153770164083968/?type=1&theater
    PlanB
    24th Sep 2015
    3:48pm
    Of course we have Scott Morrison, can't stand him he is a nasty bit of work and has no heart either
    Fred
    24th Sep 2015
    6:17pm
    If we as the General Public and voters of this great country are forced to vote for people to represent us in OUR Parliament not theirs they are the paid help. Then we should also have the right to say at election time I don't like who ever your party is putting up go and get someone worthy of such an appointment. I know that is fanciful but I am just sick and tired of all these so called leader of our Great Country doing what they like and stuffing it up and I am including ALL Politicians in this. There may be 3 or 4 out of the whole lot of them who is worthy of running this country. TURNBULL is in it for POWER and his bloody EGO. I don't think any one at the moment in all Politicians is what you could glass a Statesman. I hope someone comes along and tells all of the useless bloody buggers to get their head out of their collective backsides and start running the country for the People.
    Mags
    24th Sep 2015
    9:47pm
    Don't think the Abbott governments policies were given much help by the media....all the hype about what...a good man lost his job because the media has to have a whipping boy
    PlanB
    25th Sep 2015
    6:29am
    Mags are you saying Abbott is/was a good man !!!???
    mangomick
    25th Sep 2015
    7:11am
    You are half right Mags in that the Fairfax media started giving it to Abbott and you can only blame Abbott and Credlin for that. Abbott was given a fantastic run from Murdoch and News limited and all other Media were black balled by Credlin. So of course the other media were going to get their backs up. But even with Fairfax media attacking Abbott it was still his lies, crazy captains calls, poor policy and lack of public, Party and Minister support that eventually got Abbott culled.Don't forget it was his own back bench who mutinied against him in the first place.Policy advisers need to remember that they are not elected representatives, they are not the ones given the mandate to run the Country nor do they have the right to try to dictate orders to other elected members.
    carmencita
    27th Sep 2015
    8:02pm
    New cabinet, the same policies, what changed? Also, are they going to change MPs attitudes and behaviours regarding spending taxpayers' money for their personal benefit? Would having more women in the Cabinet make a difference in delivering services? I am more interested in a government that works for the community with integrity and honesty.


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