Traditionally, the deputy leader of a party is also the Treasurer. Treasury is the most senior ministry.
Since Rudd and Gillard took over the ALP, Gillard has been the shadow industrial relations minister. Not, as I've noted numerous times before, exactly a senior role for a deputy leader.
Now that the ALP have won office, Gillard has been given Education.
Which still leaves the begging question still begging: why is Gillard up to the task of being Deputy Prime Minister of the country, but not up to managing a senior ministry?
Education, let's not forget, is primarily the domain of the states, it's not even a federal function.
Handing out laptops to every high school student - the ALP "education revolution" - will not improve any child's eduction (note: already proven in studies that computers make no difference to learning), but I suppose Ms Gillard will gain the love and affection of the nation, much like Santa Clause.
Who got the discarded IR portfolio?