Stephens, David: will the new Anzac centenary minister be too busy to bother?

Stephens, David

Will the new Anzac centenary minister be too busy to bother?Honest History, 1 December 2015

Update 4 December 2015: the Minister has responded on Twitter.

The article looks at the ministerial workload implications of the machinery of government changes under Prime Minister Turnbull. Unlike any of his predecessors since 1976, Stuart Robert MP has a full-size ministerial role (Human Services) as well as Veterans’ Affairs and the Centenary of Anzac. The workload may be such that the Anzac centenary takes the lowest priority.

We may also be seeing the beginning of the end of Veterans’ Affairs as a separate portfolio. Veterans’ Affairs portfolio functions, including the Australian War Memorial, could fit smoothly into other portfolios.

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[Note: earlier, edited versions of this article appear in the Public Servant Informant supplement of the Canberra Times for 1 December 2015, pages 8-9, under the title ‘Beginning of the end of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs?’ and online as ‘The end of veterans’ affairs: will Anzac Centenary Minister Stuart Robert be too busy to bother?’ The table in the hard copy Canberra Times version has an error; the version in the attached piece is correct and is as sent to the paper.]

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