Albanese cabinet’s lack of diversity: No private sector experience

Albanese cabinet’s lack of diversity: No private sector experience. By Charlie Chadwick.

A fortnight ago, the Prime Minister rushed to insist his team was ‘inclusive’ and ‘as diverse as Australia itself’ – pointing to the appointment of ten female Cabinet Ministers as well as the first Muslim Cabinet Minister. …

Bureaucrats rule in the Labor Party:

A simple analysis of the backgrounds of new Cabinet Ministers reveals an achingly homogenous grouping of inside-the-bubble types — dominated by career apparatchiks and unionists — a far cry from the blue-collar Cabinets of Labor heroes like Ben Chifley and Gough Whitlam.

Out of twenty-three Cabinet Ministers, just one — the Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney — has not worked as a political staffer or trade union official. Burney has, however, spent the last quarter of a century in taxpayer funded-roles as a senior public servant, state and federal MP.

Unsurprisingly, the most common occupation among Cabinet Ministers is political staffer. Sixty-five per cent (fifteen) have been employed as advisers or electorate officers to state or federal MPs.

Forty-seven per cent (eleven) have worked as trade union officials. …  Today, just fourteen per cent of Australian workers are union members.

Perhaps most worrying of all is the lack of private sector experience in Labor’s leadership group, made up of Albanese, Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, Senate Leader Penny Wong, and Deputy Senate Leader Don Farrell. Only Farrell has more than five years’ experience working outside of politics and the union movement — as a shop assistant, mail sorter, and waiter in the early 1970s.

Between them, Albanese, Marles, and Wong — the Prime Minister, Defence Minister, and Foreign Minister — have just six years of private sector experience; extraordinary considering the weight of their portfolios and the fact that more than four in five Australian workers are employed in the private sector.


The Australian east coast electricity “market” set up by the bureaucrats was a very artificial market, a far cry from a free market. And when it failed to give the bureaucrats the results they wanted this week, they simply cancelled it and went back to ordering people to do what they wanted. Then using the media to make themselves look good. That’s their way.

The people running our country have simply no idea how physical reality works — let alone something as complex as our electricity system. Or private enterprise, where people are motivated by mutual gain. All they know is the comfortable but artificial world of government and politics, exercising the implied force of the government’s guns to tell people what to do.