Guest Post – Justin – A Different Cabinet

I am inviting contributions on who Cats think would be good Cabinet choices in a Dutton Government. I have had a stab at trying to get a balance of States, Liberals and Nationals, men and women. When you work within those parameters and add competence into the mix I can tell you it is no easy task! I would prefer two less Cabinet posts to bring the number down to 17. But hey. It’s just a first stab. Over to you Cats!

Prime Minister: Peter Dutton (LP, QLD)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: Tony Abbott (LP, NSW) – Self explanatory

Minister for Defence: Jim Molan (LP, NSW) – A novel suggestion have a defence Minister actually experienced in defence and military operations. Worth a shot! (awful pun).

Minister for Industry and Energy: Mat Canavan (QLD, LNP) – Can’t hurt to have someone not anti-coal.

Treasurer: Angus Taylor (NP, NSW) – Too smart to rot in stupid portfolios. Give him a crack at the big time. Eminently qualified in economics, conservative so is hopefully predisposed to reducing government spending, and knows a thing or two about running businesses from his pre-political career.

Minister for Finance: Christian Porter (WA, LP): Safe pair of hands. Former Treasurer. Brings Treasury and Finance experience to support Taylor.

Minister for Environment, Water and Regional Development: Barnaby Joyce (NP, NSW). A big call but if given the brief to abolish the MDBA and restore sanity to agriculture and argue passionately why Paris is a disaster for agriculture and the regions, he is probably the best person get the message across.

Minister for Industrial Relations: Karen Andrews (QLD, LNP): Someone who has actually worked in this space and not a unionist can’t hurt. Need women in cabinet. Women who have substance that is.

Attorney General: Concetta Fieravanti-Wells (NSW, LP): Again, need decent representation of women which for the Coalition is a challenge. Previous career in law at senior levels. Can’t be any worse than what Brandis was.

Minister for Social Services and Disability: Alan Tudge (VIC, LP): Smart, safe pair of hands. Low profile is his drawdown. But given the task of dismantling the NDIS disaster and replace with something both suitable and affordable he would be a sensible choice that could offer smart policy options.

Minister for Education: Bridgit McKenzie (VIC, LP): Has an educational background. Anyone but Birmigham, Pyne or any of the other recent disasters.

Minister for Communications: Eric Abetz (SEN, TAS, LP): Who else will stick it to the ABC and make them quake in their boots. First priority should be to fire Turnbull flunky Guthrie. Then slash and burn.

Minister for Veterans Affairs: David Fawcett (SA, LP, SEN): A veteran himself. Knows the people. Knows the problems. Need SA representation and anyone other than Pyne or Birmingham is a big plus!

Minister for Smaller Government and Deregulation: James Patterson (Sen, VIC, LP) – A vital new Ministry that should be decoupled from Finance as much as possible. Smart, energetic and good form at the IPA. Give him a chance.

Minister for Human Services: Scott Morrison (LP, NSW): Just because he has to have a job somewhere, hopefully where he can’t do any great damage.

Minister for Health: Mathias Corman (SEN, WA): Need a smart and top communicator come the election. Granted the accent isn’t exactly perfect bedside manner for a softly, softly portfolio chock a block of snowflakes and rent seekers, but need a person who can argue a point of logic and push back against the States and Territories, AMA and various other vested interests.

Minister for Small Business: Ian Goodenough (SEN, WA): Has a good track record starting up small businesses and is an Asian success story. Hits the diversity button. He is good enough in my book.

Minister for Immigration and Home Affairs: Andrew Hastie (LP, WA): Once again, I know this a novel suggestion, but would it hurt to have someone in this portfolio that has first hand experience in the types of threats the nation is facing? Downside is his youth and inexperience. Big jump. That said he handles himself well in the media and stands up for a principle and by nature won’t back down or shirk a battle.

Deputy Leader: Michael McCormack. Minister for Anything because he has to have one.

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28 Responses to Guest Post – Justin – A Different Cabinet

  1. Angus Black

    I think Abbott would be wasted in Foreign Affairs. He’d do a good job, for sure, but at an election, the voters really don’t give a rats about Australia’s foreign policy (provided that it doesn’t cost much).

    Tony needs to be talking about stuff the people do care about, so HomeAffairs?

  2. H B Bear

    Minister for Finance: Christian Porter (WA, LP): Safe pair of hands. Former Treasurer. Brings Treasury and Finance experience to support Taylor.

    Porter and Emperor Barney took WA finances off a cliff. Then he escaped to Canberra leaving Mike Nahan a flaming edgar. The more I see the more I think Porter is over-rated.

  3. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    No role for Ms. bishop? If she resigns, won’t she bring down the whole government?

  4. tgs

    Switch Molan and Hastie.

    Molan latches onto fringe issues at times like when peddling ausairpower bunkum re f-35.

  5. Leegal

    Nothing for Michael Sukkar? He was one of the first to resign. A true conservative. I’m a small business owner in his electorate and find him to be very astute.

  6. Tim Neilson

    What does it matter?

    Cue “we don’t get fooled again” by The Who.

    Whoever is elected leader will, within nanoseconds of taking office, turn into a blancmange and start fellating ABC/Fairfax (if that’s not their identity and modus operandi already).

    The Liberal Party needs to be destroyed.

    But still, let’s enjoy the spectacle of Michael Trumble’s self-immolation. Might as well not let the iceberg stop us from finishing the champagne.

  7. A Lurker

    Good suggestions, I’d recommend emailing them to Peter Dutton if he gets up.

  8. Entropy

    Abbott should be minister for comms and the arts.

    I would pay to see that. And I would, I know.

  9. Entropy

    McCormack can have agriculture

  10. cuckoo

    Whoever is elected leader will, within nanoseconds of taking office, turn into a blancmange and start fellating ABC/Fairfax (if that’s not their identity and modus operandi already).

    That’s what my money would be on.

  11. Crazyoldranga

    Looks like a Cricket Australia selection, only three Vics in there.

  12. Megalapolous

    Minister for Human Services: Scott Morrison (LP, NSW): Just because he has to have a job somewhere, hopefully where he can’t do any great damage.

    Heh. He’s now our new Prime Minister.

  13. iain russell

    Agree with Angus Black and tgs.

  14. MichelLasouris

    Right. Now have a second go…..now we now know with what we have to work…..

  15. MichelLasouris

    A Lurker

    #2799586, posted on August 24, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Good suggestions, I’d recommend emailing them to Peter Dutton if he gets up.
    Whoops!

  16. Clam Chowdah

    He shoots, he misses.

  17. .

    Molan is right about the F-35s. Let’s see a pro-cruise missile and tactical nuke Defence Min.

  18. hzhousewife

    Minor detail, Bridget McKenzie is NP (and very new, perhaps she is not ready for a Ministry just yet). Angus Taylor is LP and will now have to settle for Deputy Treasurer to make sure Josh can add up.

  19. Ubique

    No role for Ms Bishop?

    She should be given a sausage role. At least twice a day until she puts on a bit of condition.

  20. Robbo

    Waste of space blog given what actually happened in the leadership ballot. You can go back to your drawing board, or is it a colouring book and crayons?

  21. Faye

    I know Dutton’s not there. However, Tony Abbott must have a Ministry which puts him in regular contact with President Trump. POTUS’ biggies are Economy, Trade, Immigration. The two men believe so-called Climate Change is crap. Also China (whom Turnbull and Bishop love) is a big problem. POTUS has just passed legislation for protecting American Intellectual Property, etc… at the meeting he did a round table of his team who put it altogether. I have copied Senator Rubio’s reply to POTUS’ invitation to comment:

    “SENATOR RUBIO: Yeah, Mr. President, as you know, we often talk about this, and I’m constantly thanking you for finally standing up to China after far too long of not doing it, as an American government. This is the first time since 1991 that we have a near-peer competitor in the world. It was only America and everybody else. And now we are starting to wake up to a reality that we have a near-peer competitor. And this competitor is cheating, stealing, and undermining us, using virtually every tool at their disposal. And one of them is intellectual property theft.
    They steal the stuff from us, oftentimes innovated through American taxpayer investment, and then they reverse engineer it and use it for their own purposes. Because they seek to replace us in the world — not to be equal to us; to overtake us. And it’s almost too late. But finally, someone is standing up to them. And I’m grateful to your administration for making this a priority on every front — on trade, but also on national security.
    And I’m glad we’re having this meeting today. And we’ll be with you every step of the way on this.”

    Tony Abbott can’t be kept in one corner of one ministry, he has to have the whole picture to make Australia strong in the world starting with joining up with the bonanza happening in the US of A.

  22. tgs

    Dot the LDP defense platform is by far their silliest policy and I say that as someone who voted DL number 1 on the senate ticket.

  23. jupes

    I have had a stab at trying to get a balance of States, Liberals and Nationals, men and women.

    I can understand the balance between Liberals and Nationals but the rest of it is wooly thinking.

    Picking women because vagina is demonstrably stupid and against the national interest.

  24. Tintarella di Luna

    colouring book and crayons?

    Ministerial responsibility for hat should be given to Tim Wilson, Minister for Colouring Books and Crayons, that has a nice ring to it.

  25. jupes

    Minister for Defence: Jim Molan (LP, NSW) – A novel suggestion have a defence Minister actually experienced in defence and military operations. Worth a shot! (awful pun).

    No. As a former general he is a big part of the problem.

    Andrew Hastie would be a much better pick. A former combat officer who we know would fight the politically correct diversity bullshit emasculating the ADF.

  26. Tintarella di Luna

    Picking women because vagina is demonstrably stupid and against the national interest.

    I agree — the Deputy Prime Minister has to be a National, McCormack has been a complete and utter dud – very little media savvy and totally inept in interviews.

  27. .

    Policy per se does not mean the utility of drones or cruise missiles is reduced at all.

    They are proven technologies, the F-35 is not. We’re probably still paying a pre-Trump price, no doubt.

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