||Issue No. 296||24 February 2006|
Interview: Court's in Session
Industrial: Whose Choices?
Politics: Peter's Principles
Environment: TINA or Greener?
History: Its Not Just Handshakes and Aprons
International: US Locks out Jose' Bove
Education: No AWA - No Job
Culture: Jesus was a Long-Grass Man
Review: Charlie the Serf
The Locker Room
For Whom the Toll Bells
Labor Sells Hydro
Stop the Hordes
Peter Debnam is an interesting chap.
His new plan to sack the entire public service and run the entire state with just himself and his deputy, the remarkably named Andrew Stoner, was received with about as much welcome as a Norwesterly at a bushfire.
Not that we'll have to worry about that. Not after Debnam single handedly wipes out the Rural Fire Service, National Parks and any public servant within a four thousand mile radius of his Vaucluse mansion.
Debnam's unique take on civilisation, and his belief that we don't need it, may have raised eyebrows, but his ideas are hardly new.
His desire to start by cutting a tenth of the population is borrowed from the Romans, who were fond of wiping out a tenth (or a decima in the old currency) of the population. It is where we get the word 'decimate'.
It's a skill our Tool Of The Week appears to relish. Spending the week pondering aloud on which public servants were hated more.
If he had continued his cogitations he may have surmised that unctious hypocritical politicians probably do have a bit of ground to make up to catch RTA workers.
After all, maybe the fact that there are queues in the motor registry may have something to do with the fact that his predecessor, Nick Greiner, liked to engage in a bit of decimation of his own. It would be a bit much to expect our tool Of the Week to ponder that what we need is an improvement in public services, not depletion, but the debnam mind is simple, yet lacks that sort of intellectual alacrity.
Despite his philosophical objection to poor people being allowed to breathe, nonetheless, public services do remain. Luckily, our Tool sees himself as the person who can put an end to such bolshevist nonsense as having school cleaners or health care workers.
After all, the private sector can do these things so much better, as the Cross City Tunnel, the Lane Cove Tunnel, the Sydney Airport rail link, property developers and sundry other hapless "service providers" demonstrate.
Luckily though Debnam has plucked the ten percent figure, like his wit, out of thin air.
It's astonishing that, in the midst of us inheriting the whirlwind of the infrastructure cuts and mismanagement of the Greiner/Fahey years, that someone who has half a clue would propose that the solution is to further emasculate the public sector.
Unfortunately Debnam does not have half a clue. He does, though, have no clue at ball, which will come in handy in coming weeks as his bizarre Dutch auction of community services shows us that cuts to Sydney Water may be affecting the quality out Vaucluse way.
Certainly, there is something awry with someone who thinks that the solution to having a clapped out old car is to take to it with a broadaxe.
Debnam is yet another tired old tax dodging, anti-community market forces Dalek, playing the politics of last century, who is seeking to avoid his community obligations by running off and putting his head in the sand while the rest of the world can go to hell in a hand-basket.
The Liberal Party calls this leadership.
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