Re-shuffle on the way?

Media are reporting?that there maybe a reshuffle on the cards from John Key, ostensibly to staunch the bleeding in Corrections.

Judith Collins could be back in Cabinet by day’s end, with Prime Minister John Key planning a surprise reshuffle on Monday afternoon.

Collins resigned as justice minister?in August last year, amid allegations of inappropriate conduct spawned by Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics.

But now, she might have a shot at a comeback.

Key is expected to announce his pre-Christmas shake-up at his post-Cabinet press conference, the?New Zealand Herald?reported. ?

Collins might return to her old Corrections post, where first-term minister Sam Lotu-Iiga has been criticised as being out of his depth.

The Corrections Department has faced a multitude of embarrassing headlines this year, including revelations of guards involved in a “fight club” at Mt Eden Prison, and the privately-run prison’s slide to the bottom of rankings.

While Collins would be a steady set of hands in Corrections, Key also has the option of giving Collins less intensive portfolios, or making her a minister outside of Cabinet.

If the rumours are true it is about time.

There are likely to be more re-shuffles in coming months as hand-overs and changes occur.

Groser isn’t the only one on the books to leave. It is nearly time for Speaker David Carter to be given the arse card and that will help nobble the current attacks of Labour in the house.

And the persistent rumours of Murray McCully moving on won’t die either.


– Fairfax