From Postbox to Powerhouse: A Centenary History of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 1911-2010

From Postbox to Powerhouse: A Centenary History of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 1911-2010

From Postbox to Powerhouse: A Centenary History of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 1911-2010

From Postbox to Powerhouse: A Centenary History of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 1911-2010

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Sunday, 25 November 2007. One day after the election, the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), Peter Shergold, catches a plane to Brisbane to meet the new Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. With a set of detailed files, he is ready to brief the incoming government. One file explains the routine of transition: when the Prime Minister will resign, when new ministers can be sworn in, when Rudd wants to move into The Lodge. Another explores machinery of government plans; departmental officials have identified commitments made in the previous year and developed proposals for their implementation. A third folder contains the Labor Party’s electoral promises and suggests how they might be implemented.

The folders delivered that day to the incoming Labor government were not the only files that PM&C had prepared. A second set, on similar topics, had been created for a returning Liberal– National Coalition government. The department had to be ready . . .

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