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(generated from captions) De-ann Kelly is a National Party

Senator. She's in fact the Federal

member for Dawson in North

Queensland. Matt Peacock reporting there. has been Laura Tingle. And watching all this today correspondent She's the chief political Financial Review' for the 'Australian and joins me now in Sydney.

? Let's go to the major winners.

Does this make sense?. It does.

Julie Bishop is one of the

outstanding benches that we've seen

in the ranks of women in recent

times. He's a competent performer

the Parliament. Women often have times. He's a competent performer in

terrible trouble at the dispatch

box. She's had the difficult job of

ageing, too, which has caused

problems for others, hasn't it?

For another Mrs Bishop that's

big troubles. I think she's done a For another Mrs Bishop that's caused

good job in ageing and manages to

kill the process of filling it as

issue and helped with the bumper kill the process of filling it as an

surpluses, but se's managed to make

the age port feel yes work for her

very well. She's a very competent

performer. Mal Brough has this

expanded portfolio of families,

community services and indigenous

affairs. What's the logic of

that together? The interesting affairs. What's the logic of putting

about that is one of the problems that together? The interesting thing

the previous Cabinet and ministry about that is one of the problems in

was we had that position where you

had Kay Patterson, Joe Hocky and

various others fighting over the

whole area of community support and

families. Kay Patterson was

essentially left without much the

do. Moving indigenous affairs into

that reflects the way they've mainstreamed Aboriginal Affairs, as

Matt said in his report. It gives

Mal Brough something more meaty

Mal Brough something more meaty than Kay Patterson had to do because she

really wasn't left with not a lot

really wasn't left with not a lot on a plate. Brendan Nelson of course

gets moved into defence. Why do you

think? Was he the easiest of the

senior group the November? Well, I

think once Mr Howard had decided

think once Mr Howard had decided not to move Tony Abbott that was the

logical decision the make, the

logical decision the make, the bring Brendan Nelson into it. It's

goinging to be interesting to see

how he operates in that. Brendan

Nelson is know torious within the

Coalition for his esswarjing of the

backbench and visiting all of their constituencies and things. He'll

have to work on a completely

different constituency and if you

look at Brendan Nelson as a

leadership contender in the longer,

longer term, I don't me if this

necessarily helps him. It gives him

a great deal of seniority but

defence is a very hard ask, as the

Prime Minister says, and if it's

something where you are trying to

smooj back benchers it doesn't

necessarily help you. Let's look at

some other ambitious players who've

been premoated. Malcolm Turnbull becomes a parliamentary secretary

becomes a parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister. It's a

the Prime Minister. It's a wonderful combination of keeping him out of

Peter Costello's hair, but also

keeping -- But will it? Well, I I

this hi making him responsible for

water policy gives him every

possible opportunity of talking

about a contentious issue that's

difficult and he can aemploy suit

ail intelligence to it, but it also

keeps him well out of Peter

Costello's reach. So that the Prime

Minister can sort of comfortably

Minister can sort of comfortably say to his Treasurer, "I at least shut

him up on tax." I wonder if there's

guarantee about this. I would have

thought that everything Malcolm

Turnbull says from now on will be

seen to have the consent of the

Prime Minister. Any danger of that?

Perhaps. It's a meaty issue and

should keep him well and truly

occupy. OK. What about some of

occupy. OK. What about some of those who've not been prefed. Tony myth,

Greg Hunt, the Queenslander George

Brandis. All Costello's supporters.

A conspicuous snub. The Prime

Minister will say he's rewarding

Queensland. The interesting thing

about the reshuffle in general is

Victoria and South Australia have

suffered in this move at the

suffered in this move at the expense of Queensland, but without a doubt

Peter Costello's announcement or

signal last year he wasn't going to

be challenging has been taken on

with a lactty of the Prime Minister

who has said, "Good. I won't be

feeling any good to apiece your

supporters. " What do you think

supporters. " What do you think this reshuffle means then? Is it the

reshuffle you have if you are

intending the stay? I think John

Howard was always intending to stay,

so it was a question of how much he

could do to really refresh the

Government and I think that's been

exceptionally limited by the events

of the last couple of days with the

National Party, which is

National Party, which is threatening to evershadow the sense of renewal.

So I think you have to assume the

Prime Minister is staying because

despite all of the talk about

extensive reshuffles, within the

body of the Cabinet, the inner

Cabinet, it's a very limited change.

He could have done a lot more and

he's minute noised the changes that

he's made there. Let's talk about

this defection of Julian McGauran.

In fact, I think about three

quarters of the questions that the

Prime Minister took at his press

conference today concerned just

conference today concerned just this issue. How are you reading it and

what's the fallout? I think there

will be a lot of fallout. As I said,

he e's been looking to use this as

he e's been looking to use this as a plot fofrm for renewal as he

approaches his 10-year anniversary

approaches his 10-year anniversary . Is the story going to be coalition

disharmony. Yes. We've got tonight

Queensland's federal president

Queensland's federal president Bruce Scott, the NSW Senator Fiona Nash

and Senator Joyce jis Joyce

expressing exceptional displeasure

and talking in some terms about

having to reconsider their votes

having to reconsider their votes out of all of this. The Prime

of all of this. The Prime Minister's immediate political task within the

Coalition will be persuading them

that Julian McGauran's defection

that Julian McGauran's defection was his decision alone. It wasn't a

Liberal Party conspiracy and that

Liberal Party conspiracy and that as a result he can't be held

responsible for it. The Queensland

nationals are saying, we are

suffering, we are losing De-ann

Kelly as a mince and it was the

Victorian nationals who did this.

Finally, do you think went on in

Finally, do you think went on in the Prime Minister went out of his way

to say I don't think Julian

to say I don't think Julian McGauran was poached away from the party. We

saw Jeff Kennett buying it no, no

saw Jeff Kennett buying it no, no friend of Peter Costello. Is this a

good ole fight within the Liberal

Party in Victoria? I think intent

scepticism about the suggestion

there wasn't some sort of move in p

what you'd say was the broader,

broader, broader Costello camp

broader, broader Costello camp about this and the important thing is not

whether I think that he was behind

it or you think he was bhoind it,

but the Queensland Nats certainly

see it as a Liberal plot and that's

the really big problem for the

the really big problem for the Prime Minister. If p it wasn't a about of

deliberate bastardry on Peter

Costello's part it's been one of

Costello's part it's been one of his most deft moves in his