Useless Spinners

A fabulous article by Chloe Booker in the Age about government spin in the health department. Firstly, please give Ms Booker a big payrise, and an award for this article. And please Chloe, keep writing more stories like this.

The point of the article is that Victoria’s Department of Health and Human services spent a great deal of time and resources covering up the disastrous hotel quarantine virus breakout. In particular, Chloe notes in the article that a spin doctor insistently tried to divert her away from the issue- even as it was happening and accelerating.

This is just appalling. I think Chloe has broken down an important barrier here, often left unsaid by journalists in general- how many of their stories are ‘guided’ by these worthless PR hacks and spinners working for government departments. These spinners are literally worse than useless. They are being paid massive money- 150k plus, to basically lie and divert and cover up disastrous department mistakes. In other words, a bunch of government workers is being employed to cover up the mistakes of other government workers. And there is a mountain of these hacks out there.

In this case Chloe did not back down, did not get ‘spun’, but unfortunately many journalists do.

The DHHS is a bureaucracy riddled with waste and uselessness. The sight of these grossly overpaid bureaucrats, many on 340k plus per annum, all being provided with wasteful QCs at eye watering cost at an inquiry so they can shift blame is nauseating, especially with the knowledge that none of these bureaucrats will be sacked (ie properly physically sacked, ie no more money, rather than being put on overpaid ‘leave’ while the storm blows over).

We have too, too, too many bureaucrats, too many spinners (there should be none), and too many laws and regulations, driving on this mad bureaucratic farce. Time to sack every single bureaucrat on more than 150k at DHHS, sack every single media officer, sack every single person named at the inquiry as being responsible for this mess (without one dollar of further salary or entitlement paid) sack every single ‘adviser’, and pump that money either back in real actual frontline services, or just return it to the taxpayers who paid it in the first place.

Please also can we have the name of the PR hack in the article who tried to cover up the hotel quarantine disaster. We are paying the salaries of these morons who lie to us, we deserve their names.

We have to tell these useless overpaid bureaucrats that enough is enough. Individual taxpayers should be given the right to audit and sack as well.

The DHHS, like most bureaucracies in Victoria and Australia, is a bloated mess run for the benefit of its own staff that should be simply shut down.


Let the universities die

Another day, another whinge piece about how our wonderful universities are dying, evil conservative govts etc etc. Perhaps the author of this piece could talk about how many of her journalism graduates are unemployed (and what the employment rate of her course has been over the past 10 years?)

The universities have long ago forfeited their right to be considered places of education. They are in it for the green. And no, its not just that they are chasing overseas (really visa) dollars (although they absolutely are), its the general hunger for cash, so they can bloat their administrations with useless admin workers on vastly inflated salaries (and of course their grossly overpaid Vice Chancellors).

And no, its not because ‘government cut their funding so they had to look for other revenues’ it was always greed, full stop. Let them die. Good riddance.


All criticism of women is ‘misogyny’

Every so often, an article so awful (even by the pathetic standards of our press gallery) comes through that you can’t just ignore.  An article which makes a mockery of the media and their pathetic pretense to write anything but gossip when they are meant to write about politics.  An article that encapsulates the perfect sexist groupthink of the ABC/Fairfax/SBS collective.

This is one such article by ‘journalist’ Jacqueline Maley.  I will return later to the fact that Maley basically never writes about politics (she writes about the theatre of politics, an entirely different thing).

What happened: In the NSW state parliament, a female opposition MP questioned Brad Hazzard (the conservative party minister for health) about masks, and he was critical of her in his response.

That’s it.  There was an argument in an Australian parliament (which are all absolute bearpits, where disputes are expected, everyone has to have a thick skin and people of all genders repeatedly insult each other).

In Maley’s logic this was complete sexism (even though Hazzard did not mention gender in any way).  It was sexism, because in Maley’s world women don’t insult men that way.

Er, yes they do Jacqueline. Refer to Julia Gillard’s sneering at Christopher Pyne (not about his policies- about the way he talks etc). Refer to all the abuse heaped by ‘progressive women’ on Tony Abbott, and the laughingly patronizing way he was said to have a ‘woman problem’. Refer to Kristia Kenneally patronizingly offering to ‘pinky swear’ to a male MP questioner (on a very valid question of possible corruption). Refer to the hundreds of abusive messages women on twitter leave for politicians (of all sides).  Refer to daily conversations where, yes, women are patronizing, women ‘explain things insultingly’ (womensplaning?).  Quite frankly, I wonder if someone asserting that ‘women don’t speak to men that way’ has ever actually visited planet earth; or dealt with an officious female bureaucrat?

(And, a bit off topic, we could also talk about the completely insulting way Julia Gillard spoke to female politicians on her own side (as recounted by them in their own memoirs).  But; lets not go there.)

This is Australia, people disagree, it is not some Fairfax/ABC/SBS collectivist public sector-style love-in where everyone is ‘civil’ all the time (and anyone who’s experienced an environment like that knows how fake and passive/aggressive it all is anyway).  Hazzard was doing his job in a parliament, the condition of entry of which is an expectation there will be vigorous argument and dispute.  It’s a bit like someone who doesn’t like singing going to the opera.

Of course, the deeper issue here is Maley’s perception of her role as a journalist. She never writes about policy. She never writes about the actual issues or power issues in society. Her writing is all about the people who happen to be in politics. Who doesn’t like who. Which staffer fought with that staffer. Which minister slagged off that minister in cabinet. And on it goes.  No discussion of issues.

The TV show ‘Kitchen Cabinet’ on the ABC is an example of where this attitude to ‘journalism’ ends up: politicians being invited on a soft-ball show to cook meals, talk trivia and ‘show their human side’. And this rubbish is funded as news and current affairs by our taxpayer dollars.

While people like Maley write their gossip columns, real issues are happening.  People are losing their jobs, corruption is absolutely thriving in Australia, income inequality is soaring.  But unfortunately, Jacqueline is looking straight past all that, eyes squinting, to focus on the gossip. And in fact, that choice by journalists to focus on trivia is a direct driver of the corruption and bad decisions, because there is no scrutiny. And that’s really toxic.


Intervention orders for all!

Intervention orders- also called Family Violence Orders or Apprehended Violence Orders, are a well known joke.   Developed originally for genuine cases of family violence, they are now given out like water, automatically to whoever applies.

Consequently, people in business disputes now get them as a matter of course, as do feuding neighbors. Don’t get me started about how local councilors take them out on each other based on trivial disputes. And of course they are a prime weapon by fraudsters seeking protection from people making allegations against them; your first defence is to apply for an Intervention order to shut people up.  They are a major force against free speech.

They are also a standard tactic in virtually all Family Law litigation, as a way to increase the amount of settlement money awarded.

Laughably, the feminists who pushed for them (and to make them virtually automatic), are now up in arms that abusive husbands and partners can now automatically obtain them against their female partners. This is what happens when you make the order as a matter of course (regardless of evidence).

There is now a huge infrastructure of people involved in this pointless ritual- the police who hand them out automatically, the court clerks who list the pointless cases- everyone of which results in an order- the magistrates who then make them- the limitless staff involved in the circus. Our court system is useless at getting virtually anything else done or moving- except when it comes to intervention orders.

Which is where we could make a real efficiency here. Simply grant every Australian an intervention order at birth against every other Australian. This would make no difference to the law, because the things that are prevented by intervention orders- not approaching, harassing etc, are things already covered by our ridiculous over-governed (for the little people) state anyway.

The savings in salaries and time would be enormous, and all for the same result!


Public servant payrise

The Andrews government has caved in to the public sector unions and granted state ‘workers’ a 3% payrise.  Great.  One of the most bloated, useless lazy body of public servants, in a state which is basically bankrupt, now going up in pay while the real workers, in the private sector, lose their jobs and go broke.

The Victorian public service is bloated beyond belief with overpaid ‘commissioners’, ’senior executives’ etc all pumping out a vast array of worthless regulations which basically make it impossible for anyone to earn a living in the private sector.  

This is also in a state where there is absolute enforcement of the most pettifogging rules, while the real crooks at the top get away with it. Drive 3km above the speed limit and be fined $300 with drastic enforcement. File a pointless, unread, document two days late and be hit with a $1,000 surcharge.  But, steal 14m from the government while working as a bureaucrat and nothing will happen except a smile and a wave and a golden handshake.  Ordinary taxpayers can see the double standards and they are incensed.

There are incredible stories of waste. The public servant who posted on reddit that his only job for three days was to send one, three line, email. The senior housing ‘bureaucrat’ who enthused about how much money she got from the federal Rudd govt in 2009 but then admitted it was all spent on writing reports, they built nothing and she hadn’t visited a public housing site in all her years in the job.

The other irony is that the public sector in Victoria is a total and utter closed shop. Virtually all jobs in it are reserved for mates and relatives of those already working there, and the ‘interviews’ they conduct for jobs are just for show before they give it to the internal candidate, every time.  So we’re being forced to pay for an exclusive little club that we ourselves can’t join.


Skill Shortages: the con that never dies

Is anyone else sick of hearing this for the past 35 years?:

Retraining. Our economy is full of skill shortages. The baby boomers are due to retire (any day now!) and we’ll need an army of people to replace them.  In the interim we need some visa workers to fill the gaps while we retrain.

They’re even doing it now, with the covid crisis and skyrocketing unemployment.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the labor market in the past 35 years, is that there are no labor shortages.  There haven’t even looked like being any labor shortages since the second world war.  And yet, over and over again, the same old myth gets trotted out. Why?

I think for three reasons:

Its usually a scam to push more visas and immigration.  Wages (very slowly) do occasionally rise, and employers really really hate wage rises. Thus they kick up a stink about fictitious skill shortages; and lazy, gullible journalists (ie all of them) write about it, then governments panic shove through an increase in visas to ‘fix’ the ‘skill shortage’ problem.  The employers get addicted to the cheap labor, gear up to whine next time, and on and on the story goes.

The second are our old frauds, the universities. Long past being real places of learning, they have become a combination of pre-dole young adult minding services, combined with dodgy overseas visa selling citizenship factories. They love hyping the limitless potential of you, provided there’s an upfront payment for them (and, cough, a large unpaid student loan), involved. And don’t listen to the nonsense they peddle about how they ‘have’ to enrol overseas students ‘to make up for state funding cuts’. Firstly, the quote openly outs them as being totally in it for the money (which they are), secondly, its nonsense; there have been no great cuts to speak of.

But the last, and most curious, reason, are people themselves.  Since 1973, our economies haven’t really worked, and we’ve had a larger and larger pool of unemployed. Some recoveries reduce this pool, but every recession pushes it higher. There is no question that my standard of living is much lower now than it was in the 1980s; as likely yours has been. This is before we get to the almost complete ongoing destruction of the natural environment. And yet nobody can really accept this, they think its just temporary, that they can ‘skill up’ and finally get what they think is their full, fair value.

So the ‘reskilling’ scam goes on, benefitting employers, greedy universities, and their deluded customers: us.


How to write a Fairfax/ABC op-ed about Aboriginal issues.

(Note these policies apply uniformly to both Fairfax and the ABC).

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the big time, with the opportunity to have your very own by-lined opinion piece in the ABC or Fairfax website or newspapers concerning indigenous issues.  However, there are strict rules and protocols in place that must be respected at all times. If you want to be a trusted Fairfax/ABC insider, you must follow them:

Start with an emotive frame

Always hammer home rich uncaring whites with the reality of aboriginal deprivation. Something like this “It is only 1000km as the crow flies from the lattes at Pyrmont’s Café Ready to the outback humpy of Dungerin, but the differences couldn’t be more stark.  As the local women wipe flies from their outback cakes, they seem so far away from the quinoa biscuits that you can get at Paddy’s market on Sundays, across from ABC headquarters at Ultimo.”

While you are doing this, remember to omit any confounding factors. Do not mention that the aboriginal women have been to Sydney, and don’t like it; and in fact don’t agree with whites that inner city living is the ultimate aspiration. That they are in fact about to meet a busload of whites who want to learn about local culture (and the “outback cakes” have been devised to please them). Do not mention anything practical, just frame the disadvantage in the worst possible way.

Remember, at all times, that your readers don’t really want the problems fixed. They like reading horror stories about disadvantage, so they can feel disgust at the racism of others, with a warm pleasant glow of moral superiority, all at the same time.  This is why SBS made up fake racist ‘official’ certificates a few years ago to titillate (and secretly please-through-disgust) its virtue signalling audience.  Get into it/exploit it! Dredge up the worst issues of the past (don’t mention many whites were mistreated then too) and imply they are still occurring today.  Project a evil white landowner, noble black scenario! The readers will lap it up!  They also really like exoticism, so set up pictures of things they don’t actually do anymore, like wear traditional costumes or eat native food.

On this topic, never, ever, point out the contradiction of people living in hyper-remote traditional lands, yet demanding working modern infrastructure like airconditioning, despite the exponential cost of delivering it in these locations. Or the awkward fact that most indigenous Australians live in the big cities (these stories don’t have good enough visuals to make the weekend supplements, unfortunately).

Accept the demands of aboriginal bureaucrats unconditionally.  Whenever they demand more self determination, don’t mention ATSIC or its endemic corruption problems.  Never point out there may be financial motives to various apologies demanded, then given, then a further demand for constitutional recognition, along with assorted commissioners, board positions and funding. Also never point out the 1967 referendum actually involved the expansion of a racist power. 

And never mention, of course, that the endless cycle of demanded apologies, more funding etc etc has no practical end to it, nor will it ever have.  The concessions never lead to any sort of thank you or end point, they are soon forgotten waymarkers on the race to expand the complaint industry and aboriginal bureaucracy.

If you must focus on practical solutions, make sure to focus on simplistic feelgood ideas that chime with your readers obsessions.  Talk about how aboriginals are being trained to fix bicycles in the desert (despite the fact this a completely impractical and largely useless scheme that involves flying mechanics and parts in an out for no real sustainable benefit), as many of your readers ride their bikes in the inner city and see them as a panacea to most modern industrial problems.  Definitely don’t talk about how aboriginals truly value their four wheel drives, (you’ll annoy all your readers then).

It is also completely and utterly racist to point out that many people who benefit from aboriginal positions or graduate positions are, (awkwardly), white. Apparently when money or positions are given out on the basis of race, there must be no discussion of race. This is an entirely consistent and logical position and must not be questioned.

Anyway, congratulations! You are well on the way to writing an affecting, guilt-inducing-but-also-pleasing-at-the-same-time piece for your readers.  Maybe you are ready now for your next challenge- writing about the romantic frustrations of young wealthy attractive women (and how its all men’s fault (for not being in the top 20% of attractiveness!).   A career of ABC/Fairfax smugness awaits you!


Hartcher demands immigrants!

You really have to hand it to the press gallery.  They are completely, totally and utterly obsessed with increasing immigration.  They will pay any price, bear any burden, to suit their proprietors and advertisers interests by endless promoting it on the slightest of pretexts.

Step forward Peter Hartcher at this link in the Fairfax online newspapers.  China’s crackdown on Hong Kong means…you guessed it; we need to have unlimited immigration from there!

Of course, there’s the usually logically inept handwaving about how they’re all skilled (nope, and there’s no skill shortages anyway; and haven’t been any for decades), we need the human capital to fill the jobs (there were never any jobs before Covid, and there’s absolutely none after) etc etc. 

The real reason is, of course, never stated: ‘We run a population ponzi which has collapsed so we desperately need more people to prop it up’.  But then, that’s not as catchy as the rubbish and increasingly threadbare and obvious crap peddled by the population pushers.


What the elites really want by ‘pre vetting’ Facebook

The latest elite cause now is ‘pre flagging’ ‘hate speech’ on Facebook and Twitter.  What this really means in English, is pre censoring the few remaining outlets that allow people to publish their own thoughts directly (as chatboards like Whirlpool and others are now completely dead due to ridiculous overmoderation). 

They don’t like free speech, and therefore demand to pre-flag anything that they dislike as ‘hate speech’.   Men who are unattractive who approach women are incels.  All electoral candidates have to be female, otherwise  its sexist. It’s great we spend 33bn a year on Aboriginal welfare, and every time the (largely white) Aboriginal complaint industry starts screaming, we must give them what they way (hint- this means more money). And, of course, none of this money will be stolen.

The elites don’t like Trump, he must be defeated, but more importantly, denied a voice.  I mean, he’s made a few weak moves against immigration (that’s automatically racist), and everyone knows that during the Covid jobs crisis we must have more foreign visa workers, right?

The elites basically don’t like you, don’t need you, they are too busy with their government funded jobs, their groupthink media careers, and cheering on higher and higher immigration to employ their nannies, maids and butlers (and coincidentally support their proprietors and advertisers interests).  You have no right to free speech, you are a racist, sexist swine who should just stop now. And, by god, you have no right to saying anything on the net without it being ‘pre cleared’ first.   

Your speech is automatically ‘hate speech’. So just shut up.


Victoria Corruption

Unsurprising recent revelations of the almost total corruption of the Victorian labor govt. 

Now I have seen comments from people saying ‘oh well at least we’ve gotten good progressive government anyway’.

What people need to understand is that, no you haven’t, there is nothing else there.

You’ve got a couple of virtue signalling snow job advertisements on TV (paid with public money) while in the real world the Andrews govt have flogged everything off to private enterprise while running a population ponzi scheme.

Do you buy groceries or any sort of physical goods? (this is joke- everyone does) Then those goods have likely been shipped through Melbourne’s port which has been flogged off to private enterprise who can charge what they like.  You are being gouged in the supermarket to pay for a private monopoly Labor set up.

Do you ever plan on buying or selling land? Then you must deal through PEXA, a largely Labor set up private monopoly.   And if the land is in Victoria, then you now have to go through the privatized titles office and pay whatever rates are set by the private monopoly. The state forcing you to use a particular private business- its really a unique, new, thing.

Just because you’re being robbed by a thief who expresses concern about social issues and your emotional state during it doesn’t mean you’re not a victim at the end with an empty wallet.

And as for the labor politicians pretending to be ‘offended’ about how they were talked about in the tapes- this is just hilarious given that every labor politician owes their cushy overpaid job to the branch stacking and the way they REALLY talk about each other – and the mug voters who put them there.

Its really really time the ridiculous corruption from top to bottom in this state- (notably in the public sector), is eliminated once and for all, and a total cleanout of all the mates and cushy time seekers is implemented.  Time to get rid of compulsory voting as well, as it guarantees seats for people like this.

Otherwise it’s a total fraud.