…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
When Newman and his Liberal National Party so resoundingly trounced Labor in the last Queensland State elections they inherited a plethora of festering problems. The outrageous State debt is probably the most serious (operating deficit for 2012/13 $4.9 billion;$150 million disappeared without trace somewhere), closely followed and contributed to by the problem of the overblown bureaucracy. For in order to keep at least the official unemployment figures in the acceptable range, the Labor leader Anna Bligh had during her sorry reign created more than 20,000 additional public service jobs, including some for her immediate, needy family. I doubt that anybody noticed any improvement in quality, speed or integrity of the Queensland Public Service.
If Queensland is not to follow Greece down the gurgler, very serious, not just Hellenic, austerity measures would have to be implemented. The reduction of the size of the public service seems like a good start and Mr Newman promised he would do that. 15,000 or 13,000 dismissals was mentioned, but the figure varies with different ministers, media, newspaper polls and phases of the moon. Privately, senior public servants will admit that 1/3 reduction would not make any detrimental difference to service standards. Cynical and better informed public servants lower down in the food chain suggest ¾ cuts.
Understandably, howls of protests have arisen all over the (overwhelmingly Left) media and the trade unions. It is not surprising, if we take a figure of 20,000 fresh and unnecessary public servants, and realise that it inflates to 40,000 to 60,000 people, (spouses, mistresses, parents, children, ‘partners’ etc.) possibly affected by the cuts. It is then no wonder that those people with too much time on their hands whine and e-mail. Yes, I do know that some of them could survive in a private enterprise, but it would be much harder. It is easier to voice the “grievances” and vote Labor.
Officially, on Queensland Public Service own figures, there is almost 207,000 of them, which means approximately one so called servant for twenty Queensland residents (never called masters) young, in prison, old or lame. You can guess (and weep) how many public servants there are for one person in a gainful, productive employment. [Andrew Bolt – Call that a cut to public service?]
Their ABC, better described as ALP Propaganda Service, waded in, deliberately dividing the community exactly as is their Marxist wont. For example, a Spencer Howson, a breakfast broadcaster on 612 ABC Brisbane (that’s am radio) profess to believe that the cuts are bad. He is a Commonwealth public servant. For those readers overseas not familiar with Australian Broadcasting Commission – the commissars do not employ people doubting the ideological wisdom of Labor or Greens. [Andrew Bolt – Persecuted warmist speaks] Imagine the old Soviet times TASS, Izvestia and Pravda mixed together and multiply the resulting dishonesty and party discipline by two.
Comrade Howson was unhappy with Premier Campbell Newman saying (on 612 ABC!): “I spent seven hours at the Ekka and I can tell you that I had one person come up to me and express some negativity. For the rest of the seven hours, I had people coming up, shaking my hand saying ‘we know it’s tough, please keep doing what you’re doing” so he asked his listeners what they would tell Newman.
He received 58 calls, 24 of which supported Newman. This is incredibly high approval of Newman’s cuts, for I can’t imagine that anybody but Labor and Green supporters listen to Howson or, for that matter, to ABC. It seems that at least some people on the Left realise what a disaster Labor had been to Queensland. Nevertheless, Howson’s survey, compared to Professor Landowsky’s “research” was almost scientific.
In all fairness, one has to concede that even Newman’s test had little validity. People attending the Ekka are not a representative sample of the population. Ekka (Exhibition) is a Brisbane agricultural show with almost 140 years tradition and the so called progressives abhor traditions. The ‘intellectuals’ and academics consider themselves above anything connected to honest, productive work, so you wouldn’t catch them there dead either. Further, not too many caffe latte greenies would go to the ordinary people’s show because they hate people, farming, domesticated animals, the smell thereof and work. There would be hardly any laborites, since the agriculture involves work, often hard work and the Labor detests labour in the original meaning of the word – i.e. work. That’s why they all are or wish to be lawyers, politicians, trade union apparatchiks, public servants or at least journalists. All of these comprise about 30% of the population (interestingly, but not surprisingly, about the percentage which voted for the National Socialists in 1933 in Germany and for the Communists in 1947 in Czechoslovakia) so Newman’s result could be discounted by one third.
I wonder what would be a result of a Queensland referendum – Public Servants’ numbers: – a -Increase, b – Reduce or c – Keep same? My guess would be 70% for ‘b‘. Of course, it can’t be done; the Labor lawyers and the trade union bosses would have a fit and then would direct the media and the “masses” to violently and spontaneously object to any such silly application of democracy*. Socialism and democracy are contradictions in terms and the history since 1917 shows that without any exceptions. But people refuse to remember. At least one third of them.
*/28th September, 1928 : Violence has erupted all through the Australian waterfront over the use of volunteers to break the strike by waterside workers. In Melbourne, shots were fired at two taxi cabs carrying volunteers, and the driver and passengers badly beaten. In Brisbane, watersiders stoned and bashed volunteers signing on for work; in Adelaide, where a secret ballot was expected to recommend a return to work, several strikers seized the ballot box and used it as a football before smashing it and tearing up the voting papers.