Tony Abbott wields the axe

Tony Abbott has swung the axe and chopped out 3 top civil servants and two others quit before being sacked.

Tony Abbott has wielded the axe on an action-packed first day as the nation’s 28th Prime Minister, sacking three top mandarins regarded by some Coalition figures as too close to the former Labor administration.

The dramatic gesture was designed to stamp his authority on the government and came as he led his first full ministry meeting, chaired his first cabinet meeting, and in between, spoke via telephone with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 

… Two more senior public servants will also go – one having fallen on his sword, AusAID boss Peter Baxter, and another, Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson, who will leave following next May’s budget.

This is how you act when taking over, you axe your enemies, and stare down the squeamish.

Delivering heads always focusses the mind of survivors.

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