ministerial portfolios


3 Sep 2018

Splitting the energy and environment portfolios might sound like a backward step, but here's why it could work.


21 Feb 2018

In a wide-ranging speech about the newly created Home Affairs portfolio, Peter Dutton has emphasized Australian values as well as national security - but managing migration levels will remain a key task.


20 Jul 2017

Drawing inspiration from the British "Home Office" model is worrisome for the immigration portfolio, writes Adele Garnier.

Audio interview

19 Jul 2017

Intelligence review report author, Michael L'Estrange, says there is 'a logic' to new Home Affairs portfolio.


14 Jul 2017

This quick guide summarises the history of the concept of an Australian department of homeland security since 2001.


12 Jul 2017

This new edition of 'That’s it - I’m Leaving' brings the coverage of ministerial departures up to early-2017, encompassing the last 25 years of departures since the last edition was published in 1992.

Audio interview

19 Jan 2017

The Prime Minister has retooled his frontbench following the resignation of Sussan Ley—Greg Hunt has been appointed Health Minister, while Arthur Sinodinos moves into Industry.

The reshuffle also means Australia will have its first ever federal Aboriginal minister—with West Australian MP Ken Wyatt given...

Audio interview


19 Jul 2016

For decades, the energy and environment portfolios have been run by different federal ministers, and they've often been at loggerheads over key elements of national policy. In a surprise move, the Prime Minister's reshuffle yesterday sees the two ministries combined, eliciting mixed reactions, and the...


18 Jun 2002

The accountability of ministerial staff has re-emerged as an issue during the hearings of the Senate Committee inquiring into "a certain maritime incident". The growth of ministerial staff numbers and the perception that they operate independently of direct ministerial supervision suggests that new accountability mechanisms...



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