Australia’s Prime Minister-Elect Tony Abbott has nominated his new front bench and filled the cabinet with 19 ambitious souls.
That seems like a lot of people to have around a table to agree on anything so I extracted my copy of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia and flipped to Section 51 which defines the matters in which the Parliament may legislate. I won’t go through all of them here as you can read them at the web site of Parliament House. Suffice to say that there are 40 of them; a few of them not requiring specific portfolios.
I’ve thrown all the sub-sections into the cage, spun the ball and grouped the sub-sections according to which main aspect of government would be appropriate.
|Foreign Affairs||xxxix, xxx||Doesn’t sign UN treaties.|
|Treasurer||xii||Sits on money. Prints some.|
|Defence||vi||Protects from external threats|
|Finance||ii, iii, iv, xvi||Gets the money.|
|Trade||i, ix, xiii, xiv, xv, xvii1, xx||Internal and external trade matters. Intellectual property. Quarantine.|
|Population||xi, xix, xxi, xxii, xxvi, xvii1, xxviii, xxviiia||Ensures we’re all happy little vegemites or as unhappy as we choose to be. Keeps out the naughty people and those who don’t respect our lifestyle.|
|Natural Resources||x||Fisheries, minerals, water and other natural resources.|
|Connective Infrastructure||v, vii, xxxii, xxxiii, xxxiv||Communications and national transport.|
|Attorney General||xxiv, xxv, xxxi||Supports the rule of law and manages fair dealing with States.|
That’s it… still a couple more than ideal. Note that (xvii) Bankruptcy needs to be dealt with differently for corporate and personal bankruptcies; so the matter is under the responsibility of either cabinet minister.
Five pizzas should be enough if they have to send out for lunch.