Daniel wrote an intersting and heart felt post today and I totally agree with him. The federal minister in charge of the department is Amanda Vandstone. Regardless of politics, she is a reasonably competent politician. I feel much of the blame must be handed back to Ruddock. He, along with Senator Richard Alston, who was responible for media and telecommunications, must surely have been two of the worst ministers in Howard's government. Of course it is Howard who sets the culture and appoints the ministers.