Malcolm Turnbull’s new shadow cabinet drew a lot of attention and comment. I’ve written something about it in this piece over at New Matilda. I often feel having to rely solely on people in parliament to constitute a Ministry makes for a very shallow talent pool. There are 45 positions in the full shadow ministry, which has to be drawn from amongst the 101 federal Coalition MPs. It would be a huge cultural shift for Australia to move towards the US system where Cabinet can be drawn from people with expertise in the wider population (and impossible to do without amending the Constitution), but I do think that approach has a lot of merit.
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