Tag Archives: State Government

Are Australian politicians overpaid?


A nice pithy comment, I thought, in the way that a 140 character limit encourages. I didn’t expect it to be too controversial, especially given the low standing of our politicians at the moment. But, as happens on the internets, I found myself pitched as the opponent of meritocracy, attempting to lower the standards of politicians by discouraging our best and brightest from applying.

I have a lot of writing that I’m supposed to be working on at the moment, so I thought the best way to procrastinate (sorry Antoinette and Geoff) would be to explore this question in a blog post: Do we get good value from our politicians? Continue reading

Fattening up the cow

The article shows why the details of the Kurnell desalination plant  privatisation must be made public.

As I foreshadowed in this earlier post, the risk is that the Government will restrict water efficiency measures and otherwise fiddle with the regulations to fatten up the asset before sale. This comes at a cost to the community. We now have more proof that they have form in this area.

The Scales of Justice in Redfern

Illegal Parking cnr Phillip & Marriott sts Redfern 9 July 2011

It might be a small thing, but abuse of power even on this scale has impacts on the level of trust that the community puts in its Police Service. Without the community’s trust, the Police will be seen to have failed in their role. Continue reading

Albanese twirls like a pole dancer

Anthony Albanese has embarrassed himself with comments quoted on SMH online today.

He continues to push the line promoted by Luke Foley and others that the Greens have risked putting Pauline Hanson into NSW Parliament.

This is clearly an attempt bu Labor to take attention from their embarrassing self-destruction at the NSW State election, and paint a Greens vote as a risky option. But no-one is listening, because of the facts of the situation, outlined below:

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