How times have changed

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The first Bruce Ministry compared with the third Gillard Ministry.

I think we are going to need a bigger table
Bruce Minister Minister Title Gillard Minister Minister Title
Stanley Bruce Prime Minister, Minister for External Affairs Julia Gillard Prime Minister
Earle Page Treasurer Wayne Swan Treasurer
George Pearce Minister for Home and Territories Chris Evans Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research
Littleton Groom Attorney-General Stephen Conroy Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity
William Gibson Postmaster-General Simon Crean Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government
Austin Chapman Minister for Trade and Customs Kevin Rudd Minister for Home Foreign Affairs
Percy Stewart Minister for Works and Railways Stephen Smith Minister for Defence
Eric Bowden Minister for Defence Chris Bowen Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
Llewellyn Atkinson Vice-President of the Executive Council Anthony Albanese Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Victor Wilson Honorary Minister Nicola Roxon Attorney-General
Thomas Crawford Honorary Minister Jenny Macklin Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Minister for Disability Reform
Herbert Pratten Minister for Health Tony Burke Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Penny Wong Minister for Finance and Deregulation
Peter Garrett Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth
Robert McClelland Minister for Housing
Minister for Homelessness
Minister for Emergency Management
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Joe Ludwig Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Minister Assisting on Queensland Flood Recovery
Martin Ferguson Minister for Resources and Energy
Minister for Tourism
Craig Emerson Minister for Trade
Tanya Plibersek Minister for Health
Bill Shorten Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation
Mark Butler Minister for Mental Health and Ageing
Minister for Social Inclusion
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform


  1. what is the point of this.

    The times are completely different.

    The Comparision is specious

    The Bruce government is possibly the worst in our history thogh

  2. Sure the times are different but why exactly do we need a Minister for the Digital Economy?

    In modern times appearances often trump the substance and this is an example of that.

    Many look down on our ancestors and think we are superior to them. Not always true. This is one small example of how things don’t always change for the better.

    And it probably won’t surprise you that I think the Bruce government was one of our better ones. They privatised shipping, set up the CSIRO (unfortunately now a politicised organisation), strengthened the loan council and took on militant unionism. Though he ultimately failed in his fight against the unions (much to Australia’s long-term detriment) Bruce’s strident anti-communism helped keep Australia a democratic, capitalist society.

  3. You obviously didn’t look up the debt they incurred in the good times.

    The amount of people involved doesn’t matter it is the decisions made.

    The Government lead by Bruce was dreadful. They actually picked fight with the Unions. It was Bruce who made the 1929 election what it was.
    the 20’s in Australia were not exactly roaring here (or in the UK)

    The Communists were never going to take over here.
    The present government has been reasonably good thus far.

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