The Evil Former Premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett did the same thing, created a climate of fear that the state was broke and we had to cough up extra money and stringencies needed to be put in place. Victoria is a relatively rich state in Australia. While he slashed and burnt things that were for the good of the public, he spent huge amounts of money on his personal pet projects.
Former Prime Minister John Howard did the same thing, to a lesser extent. "I promise not to reduce funding to our ABC". He did. "I promise not to introduce a goods and services tax in my term as Prime Minister." He did the next term. While his government did fund the rail connection from Alice Springs to Darwin, why? For his freight company mates? He came up with the remarkable phrases, 'core promise' and 'non core promise'. Apparently non core promises were worthless words from him.
Let me put it as plainly as I can. PM Abbott and Treasurer Hockey are playing us, making us think that our country can't afford our conditions. It is nonsense. We are a very rich country and we can afford to care for the less well off in our society. Our workers can have good conditions and if you are sick or really disadvantaged, the country can afford to look after you.
Don't wear this buttering up of us by conservative politicians who believe in big profits for big business, welfare for the rich, and bugger the poor.
I came across this a couple of days ago, and if there are government savings to had, try getting rid of what seems like thousands of managers, in both private and public sectors. We are drowning in management. I see it in my own workplace where one person is given an exit package and replaced by four people. I think using Japan below is a poor choice though. In my limited experience, there is huge over staffing in Japan, but maybe it not on a management level, but people to actually serve you.
"The Australian Public Service and the Japanese Public Service decided to engage in a competitive boat race. Both teams practiced hard and long to reach their peak performance.
On the big day they felt ready. The Japanese team won by a mile. Afterward, the Australians were discouraged by the loss. Morale sagged. Corporate management decided that the reason for the crushing defeat had to be found, so a consulting firm was hired to investigate the problem and recommend corrective action.
The consultant's finding: The Japanese team had eight people rowing and one person steering; the Australian team had one person rowing and eight people steering.
After a year of study and millions spent analyzing the problem, the Australian Public Service concluded that too many people were steering and not enough were rowing on the Australian team.
So, as race day neared again the following year, the Australian team's management structure was completely reorganized. The new structure: four steering managers, three area steering managers and a new performance review system for the person rowing the boat to provide work incentive.
The next year, the Japanese won by two miles. Humiliated, the Australian Public Service laid-off the rower for poor performance and gave the managers a bonus for discovering the problem."