…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Neither label would be accurate. Queensland government’s half-hearted attempt to reduce the State deficit and the size of the swollen public service [Fog of Chaos – Newman’s cuts] seems to be faltering. Not a “razor gang”, more like a ‘gang which could not cut straight”. To start with, any brand new yes minister or no minister has to rely on public servants to tell him which public servants should be fired. Our senior “servants” could not match Sir Appleby in erudition but they certainly can in deviousness.
So it is more than likely that some low level, relatively or ostensibly useful, photogenic employee or two would be earmarked for dismissal by the public service mandarins in order to become the human face of the Public Service Union campaign to save the jobs or rather the flow of union dues. One can envisage a predictable pretty woman, an almost de riguer widow/divorcee with dependent children and a despondent father with a mortgage, to front the gallery of gloom. Unfortunately, there will be a few good people amongst the deadwood and I feel sorry for them. Their only fault is their failure to bring to the public attention the wastefulness, hypocrisy and venality of their superiors, which necessitated the cuts.
I note that one of the Left media specimens of sorrow is a nurse, who will perhaps lose his job in a Tuberculosis Centre, where he has been working for eight years. The Centre is probably going to be downsized. There is certain irony in that TB was entirely eradicated in Australia until the Left advocates opened the gates to so called refugees from the tuberculosis ridden countries and eliminated the previously established medical checks. The Left is detrimental to your health. Still, if my reading of the Queensland Health website is correct, Queensland has less than 140 cases a year. One would imagine that a special centre might not be that necessary.
The Government says it plans to abolish the Special Circumstances Court (SCC), stopped the financing the Environmental Defenders Office (Qld) Inc. (EDO) and Sisters Inside. I do not know much about those sisters but the keynote speaker at their 6th International Conference on the criminalisation of women and imprisonment at the Citigate Central Hotel, Sydney in August 2011 was Angela Davis* and that indicates the standard totalitarian leanings and the extreme feminists’ lack of common sense. I could be wrong.
It seems that SCC is a fancy politically correct name for what any competent magistrate would be doing vis-a-vis disadvantaged (“those who have impaired decision-making capacity as a result of: mental illness, intellectual disability, cognitive impairment, brain and neurological disorders, those who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless”) accused anyway. Queensland also has Murri Courts for Aborigines and those who claim to be Aborigines. Murri, in my dictionary, is translated as a/ many, very; b/kangaroo; c/ hand, root, or cavity. I do not know – kangaroo courts? In any case, the Australian apartheid justice system is sacred and unlikely to be interfered with, the costs and futility thereof notwithstanding.
Environmental Defenders Office officials claim that without the government’s money it would have to cease its operations, i.e. advising organisations and individuals fighting and obstructing miners and development generally. Ignoring for a moment the wisdom of trying to reduce the country to the Third world level, why should the taxpayers support it? Should not those 8 to 10 % of people voting the Greens finance it themselves? Somehow I suspect that they suck the government’s tit anyway.
The Climate Change Department created for Anna Bligh’s husband has, hopefully by now, been abolished. It will not make one iota of difference to the Queensland climate, in case you are worried.
Beside occasional demonstrations, strikes and media stunts we can expect from our public servants sabotage and leaks, though a “go slow” campaign is unlikely. Nobody would notice. It is also ironic that our media totally ignored or glossed over the threat from supposedly apolitical public service to bring the Liberal National government down. [The Courier-Mail] Can you imagine the screech if, sheer fantasy I know, the threat was directed to a socialist government?
The final irony is that those Queensland’s public servants’ slogans, posters and banners are the spitting image of those shouted and waved by unionists in Spain and Greece, the countries the economic achievements of which we are likely to follow. Perhaps the propaganda comes from the same socialist witches cauldron. We live in interesting times.
*/A graduate student of political philosopher Herbert Marcuse at Brandeis University, Davis became a member of the Communist Party and a controversial activist. In 1971, she was charged with the Soledad Brothers murders in Marin County. A teacher and writer, author of a book “Are Prisons Obsolete”