The new cabinet ministers must recapture Abbott's vision

Bad advice and cover-ups felled former defence minister David Johnston. Other ministers must not let the public service's blunders obstruct the Coalition's plans for Australia.

Unfortunately the job of being a minister in Federal Cabinet has become much more difficult in the past decade. The public service no longer has the talents to give the right advice, so ministers must consult more widely and apply their own judgment.

Successful ministers in the current government like Julie Bishop, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, Andrew Robb and Malcolm Turnbull win because they are brilliant at moulding the departmental advice to what must be done.

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