PUBLIC SERVICE TO GET JOE’S LAP-BAND SURGERY
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
It won’t need Senate approval, it will not affect business or consumer confidence, it will reduce the deficit and it’s not before time. The obesity is chronic and it should have been Joe Hockey’s first target rather than pensioners, motorists and sick people.
The prospect of higher employment figures resides with small business and not, as Bill Shorten suggests, with heavily unionised corporations who are losing jobs quicker than the ALP’s NSW Right.
Gillard encouraged part-time employment in the Public Service to flatter employment figures (one job meant two or more employees) but when the goodies were due to be handed out, like the PPL, sabbaticals, sick pay and holidays the part-timers were quickly reinstated to full-timers only to return to part-time once the taxpayers' funds were safely in the bank.
Over half Australia’s workforce is embedded in the Public Service, Public Service related Agencies and thousands of single-interest QUANGOS (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations).
All have quietly exploded under successive Labor administrations, they depend to varying degrees on Government handouts and it’s no secret that those who work for the Government vote Labor.
The waste and duplication is prodigious.
When the Abbott Government first took Office it was feared that Joe Hockey would take the easy way out and target the easy marks when looking for a surplus. But he did exactly that and now, after blowing all that political capital, he has returned to where he should have started.
The MYEFO is due this coming week and it won’t be pretty. This time Joe should plan how to sell a different budget, and blunting Shorten’s predictable and puerile one-liners should be part of that plan.
Joe Hockey's first attempt at defending budgetary reform was woeful and amateurish only because it was steeped in Conservative doctrine rather than an understanding of what's politically possible.