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Cabinet Handbook – 2015

This is the Cabinet Handbook, 8th edition, released in March 2015. [Read more…]


Assistant Treasurer Senator Arthur Sinodinos Stands Aside Over ICAC Investigations

The Assistant Treasurer, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, has stood aside from the Abbott ministry pending investigations by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.

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Sinodinos announced his decision just before Question Time in the Senate. [Read more…]


Tony Abbott: Statement Of Ministerial Standards

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has released a new statement of ministerial standards.

The Statement sets out standards in relation to pecuniary interests, shareholdings, gifts and post-ministerial employment. It forbids ministers from employing family members in their ministerial or electorate offices.

The Statement provides a series of general statements in regard to accountability and integrity. It requires ministers to stand aside if charged with a criminal offence and to resign if convicted. It also says a resignation may be required if the Prime Minister “is satisfied” the Standards have been been breached “in a substantive and material manner”. [Read more…]


Abbott Abolishes Twenty Advisory Bodies

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that the government has abolished twenty “redundant” advisory bodies.

Speaking at a press conference in Melbourne, Abbott said twenty groups have been abolished or amalgamated. The government is serious about a “smaller bureaucracy”, Abbott said. “We certainly won’t be stopping here.” [Read more…]


Abbott Government Advertises Jobs For Ministerial Staff

The Abbott government has advertised today for staff to work with its new ministers and parliamentary secretaries.

The advertisement does not specify how many staff will be employed but the number would run to hundreds. There are 30 ministers and 12 parliamentary secretaries. [Read more…]


BAILLIEU RESIGNS – DENIS NAPTHINE NEW VICTORIAN PREMIER

The former Victorian Liberal leader, Denis Napthine, has been re-elected tonight and will become Premier following the resignation of Ted Baillieu.

Liberal MPs were given ten minutes notice of a party-room meeting to be held at 7pm tonight. Baillieu offered his resignation to the partyroom and Denis Napthine was elected in his place.

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Cabinet Handbook 7th Edition 2012

This is the 2012 Cabinet Handbook, 7th edition, released by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

It was released whilst Julia Gillard was prime minister.

The PDF shown below can be resized and downloaded.

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Rudd Resigns From Gillard Ministry; Late Night Move In Washington

In a late-night move in Washington DC, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has resigned from the Gillard government.

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Rudd called journalists to a Washington hotel at 1.30am local time (5.30pm in Australia) to announce his decision to resign.

Rudd said his job as Foreign Minister “requires the full support of the leader – I clearly do not have that… the only honourable course is to resign”. [Read more…]


UK Cabinet Manual – 2011

This is the full text of the UK Cabinet Manual, issued in October 2011.

It is the first edition of the Manual.

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Agreement To Form Government: The Windsor-Oakeshott-Gillard Deal

This is the full text of the agreement Prime Minister Julia Gillard has signed with the rural independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott.

The documents details policy agreements and commitments to the operation of the hung parliament. [Read more…]