Saturday, March 01, 2014

Australia is Doomed

We are doomed, if you listen to Prime Minister Abbott, or Treasury Minister Hockey. Unfortunately those less experienced at politics will take it seriously that Australia can no longer afford its social security, its health care, its workers rights.

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."

15 comments:

  1. Normally I just think conservatives are greedy for their mates from the Big End of town, anti woman, anti peace and anti working class. Wrong headed but not intrinsically evil. Now I have changed my mind.

    But two things alarm me,
    1. Ordinary Australians freely voted the conservatives in. We knew what would happen - see your comments about Kennett above.
    2. Even if a person wanted to emigrate, where is better, these days? The UK? Hardly. Canada? Worse than Australia! Italy, France, Greece or Spain? Worse than Canada :(

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    1. Hels, I do know some conservative people and they are perfectly decent people and I guess you would call them small 'l' Liberal. But this mob in government is evil.

      A Labor government can lose office and the Liberals come in, but they should only ever be in for one term before people realise what they are really about. I was amazed that Kennett was elected a second time, and Howard for that matter.

      There is no where to go, so we better make the best of it here. Interesting piece in Thursday's paper about Spain. Quite awful.



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  2. Thank you Andrew (and Hels). I didn't expect to like this Government, but I am appalled every day at the directions they are shoving us. And cringe at some of the things they are doing in our name. And at the cuts which they deem necessary and at the largess they spread in other areas. Will paid parental leave happen in Mr Rabbit's preferred incarnation, in our almost bankrupt nation?

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    1. EC, even his own party don't seem too happy with Abbott's parental leave plans. I expect it may be modified.

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  3. Hels is right about governments being freely voted in - 'luckily' for us here in Australia there is no one standing behind us with a big stick on polling day, we all tick our box of choice thinking this is what we want on the day. Unfortunately most elected governments don't go down the road they had mapped and displayed for us prior to that day. If only people would remember that old saying - just be careful what you wish for.
    Thank you for your comment the other day - they say this too will pass, hopefully soon.
    Cathy

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    1. Cathy, are you saying politicians lie? Their version of what they say and then what they once is office could certainly be construed as such.

      Re the other business, I began reading thinking it would be a happy re-uniting story. I expect you thought the same when you started the research. I am guessing it affected your husband quite badly. There is no doubt time does heal grief, but not the emptiness for those left behind.

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  4. Australia is doomed - you are kidding what I can say about my country. Each country has ups and downs. But in my opinion your country is one of the richest of the world - it's definitely true Andrew.

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    1. Gosia, I think most Australians know they live a quite privileged life in comparison to the rest of the world. It could be the best country in the world with good government, but we just have not had that for a long long time.

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  5. Unfortunately there are a hell of a lot of people who just believe what our gubbmints tell us, those same people voted this gubbmint in. I worry.

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    1. Fen, what was the old saying. 'Don't blame me. I never voted for them'.

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  6. I believe you, but try and convince my ex, mentally unstable, reliant on Centrelink, panicky to the point he drinks too much then overdoses on his medications....sometimes I can get through to him, mostly not.

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    1. River, it seems like he really struggles with life. It is good that Australia can care for him, even if at times it does not work very well.

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  7. I find it difficult to express the effect Tony Abbott and his sidekicks have on me whenever I see them Andrew.. It goes a bit like this grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! I know not very succinct but you get the point oui :)

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    1. Vous êtes très en colère, Grace.

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    2. Je suis frustré Andrew!

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