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Reader riposte: Defence Minister Rudd?

8 July 2010 14:09

Nick Bisley from La Trobe University responds to Sam's post about the retirement of the Defence Minister, Senator John Faulkner:

What chance Rudd for Defence Minister after the election (assuming the ALP gets up)? Gillard has promised him a ‘senior ministry’ but would be mad to give him the political oxygen of Foreign Minister. Given the dead weight of Defence on ministerial ambition, it would be perfect.

Also, it would set up one of the more intriguing bureaucratic relationships as Defence usually ‘captures’ its Minister; this could be fun to watch. Speculation, I know, but worth a wager if the odds are tasty enough!