Abbott as Lord Voldemort

The Canberra Times contains this gem:

What would the wizards and witches in the Ministry of Magic have thought and done when Voldemort revived his quest for power? Did they have their own version of the APS Values or Code of Conduct? Did they instruct officials to remain apolitical and to serve the government/Dark Lord of The Day?

This is from an op-ed by former public servant Michael Mazengarb explaining why he has resigned from the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator following the election of the Abbott government.

While not having read the Harry Potter books I had the impression Lord Voldemort came to power in a coup d’ etat – perhaps he was elected though; it seems like such a trivial distinction when you’re saving the world from the forces of darkness.
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71 Responses to Abbott as Lord Voldemort

  1. james

    Wow.

    The left kinda went over the edge into nerdiness there.

    Hopefully those who have played some form of football [even soccer[ can maintain our hold on civilization.

  2. .

    Was Kevin Rudd, our King Joffrey?

  3. james

    The problem I foresee is when otherwise intelligent, passionate and opinionated public servants ignore an inherent compatibility between their own values and those of the government, and choose to continue to serve in the public service under what they would otherwise consider a bad government.

    So quit an save us all some money you parasitic whore.

  4. Notafan

    Hoping that Michael Mazengarb isn’t now, nor will in the future, Work for the Dole.

    The left really need to stop trying to fit the world into Harry Potter. It’s a children’s story peoples.

    The good thing is they don’t use Lord of the Rings, it’s just way too Catholic.

  5. Squirrel

    Doubtless there are others who would like to do likewise, but are constrained by minor details such as mortgages, supporting dependants etc., but I suppose Mr Mazengarb is, at the least, to be congratulated for not hanging around in anticipation of a golden handshake, or to make trouble for the wicked usurpers while waiting for the restoration of all that is good, and true and decent…….

  6. egg_

    Napoleon pig’s stable just got cleaned out?

  7. Ant

    Renewable energy?

    Like this?

    Why do Global Warming racketeers remind me of Decipticons?

  8. Rabz

    The problem I foresee is when otherwise intelligent, passionate and opinionated public servants ignore an inherent compatibility* between their own values and those of the government, and choose to continue to serve in the public service under what they would otherwise consider a bad government.

    Then as he notes, they should all resign toot sweet as well. Public servants are meant to be apolitical. Yes, I know, it’s a joke, peoples.

    * I’m presuming this genius meant “incompatibility”, otherwise the sentence makes no sense. But then, not much in public servant land does.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    And that is why the Public Service needs pruning…in the same way the Augean Stables needed cleaning.

    They’ve become the priestly class of the new religion. Let them collect tithes and live off their believers in the Greens and ALP, not us taxpayers.

    I suppose that must mean Abbott is Hercules not Voldemort. Perhaps he can divert all of Lake Burley Griffin through them since its doubtful the Cotter River is up to the task.

  10. Ellen of Tasmania

    Please, please, please. All ‘intelligent, passionate and opinionated’ public servants who believe their values are incompatible with the new government should definitely, absolutely, undeniably resign. We promise to get by without you.

  11. Samuel J

    There are lessons from the Harry Potter story that passionate public servants should take heed of. They also go some way towards explaining why I choose to stop working for the government after 5 1/2 years

    Public servants are supposed to be dispassionate not passionate. He should never have joined the public service. He was compromised from the start – passionately supporting a government policy he was administering. That is a massive conflict of interest.

  12. twostix

    , and choose to continue to serve in the public service under what they would otherwise consider a bad government.

    Like a government whose policies killed thousands of people?

  13. pete m

    Sir Humphrey would be appalled.

  14. Habib

    Says a lot about the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator that they employ Harry Potter fans. How old is this dolt, 13?

  15. Viva

    This is how I used to feel in my 30s. You really do delude yourself that you and people who think like you are battling the forces of cynicism and darkness. A messianic complex is hard to shake. Growing older and a bit wiser usually does the trick but as we know it doesn’t always work.

    PS Interesting to note that Henry Ergas (see today’s Oz) still sees the role of a public broadcaster as “a civilising” influence.

  16. Andrew

    Much as I’m disgusted by his warmist believe system and utter immoral obliviousness towards the people he’s hurting terribly, I’m even more horrified by his grubby lies being published.

    Policies working? Emissions trending down? By 0.1% – presumably on the same basis he should accept the 21st century global cooling trend which is now 13 years old rather than 1 year – and not sneer at people as “deniers.” The LNP have virtually no deniers (Barnaby probably qualifies). Strong economy?? With the employment disaster now over 3 years old, the biggest structural deficit in the developed world, and growth slower than Japan’s? An economy where even household names are closing down, where the industrial sector has been in a 6 year recession, and where there is no hope of EVER balancing the budget (unlike a dozen comparable countries have done already).

    In his portfolio, what changes have been made to RET? Hunt is a supporter of that horrendous Howard sop to the warmies. That’s just a complete lie. As an “anal-yst” and consultant, he’s using the hate meeja to advertise his business, and the usual suspects keep falling for the con.

    So don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out, and when the scam is permanently shut down I hope I see you picking up garbage on the Federal Highway looking out over the windmills you inflicted on Lake George.

  17. twostix

    he’s using the hate meeja to advertise his business, and the usual suspects keep falling for the con.

    They’re not falling for it Andrew, they’re all to eager to allow themselves to be used in that manner.

  18. Notafan

    Oh don’t tell me this guy is a consultant now? No tendering for government then.

    I thought there were no new grants being made for climate crap.

  19. Token

    This is from an op-ed by former public servant Michael Mazengarb explaining why he has resigned from the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator following the election of the Abbott government.

    Sounds like someone jumped before the tax eating do nothings got downsized.

    It is amusing to see the high literature that pubes in the blessed city use are fantasy novels created for children.

  20. Econocrat

    Here is Michael Mazengrab’s profile from their ABC’s The Drum: http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/michael-mazengarb-4073690.html

    Funnily, he did not disclose he was a public servant in 2012! Code of Conduct? Outside work?

  21. Econocrat

    Oh, and did he take a redundancy benefit?

  22. twostix

    Sounds like someone jumped before the tax eating do nothings got downsized.

    That’s the best thing out of the story – and should be the line coming out of it. Abbott’s clearly going to move against the RE welfare bludgers.

  23. H B Bear

    Why am I telling this story of mostly nonsense?

    Mazengarbcan’t even get this bit right. How much longer before the bankers turn out the lights on Fauxfacts?

  24. twostix

    Here is Michael Mazengrab’s profile from their ABC’s The Drum

    Doing a search for Mazengrab it’s clear he’s quite the leftist activist, elsewhere he describes himself as:

    Michael Mazengarb is a student at The Australian National University and a member of the Global Voices Australian Youth Delegation to the UN negotiations in Durban this week.

    https://www.vizify.com/michael-mazengarb/photo-50d67c72ad6f3e0002000064

    So a leftist, political activist joined the Public Service hoping to what? Subvert the government? Run the country by regulation?

    What exactly did he think he would achieve there?

  25. Econocrat

    Here is his profile from apsindex.com:

    Michael Mazengarb

    2013 – 7 – 4

    Senior Officer Markets and Clearing House Find related jobs

    APS Level 6

    Renewables and Carbon Farming
    Renewable Energy Target Market Operations Markets and Clearing House

    $77k to $88k ( Promotion )

    Canberra | ACT

    CLEAN ENERGY REGULATOR

    2009 – 6 – 18

    ( Corrigenda )

    Canberra | ACT

    DEPARTMENT OF CLIMATE CHANGE

    2009 – 6 – 11

    Assistant Manager Find related jobs

    Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator
    Power Stations

    $53k to $57k ( Engagement )

    Canberra | ACT

    OFFICE OF THE RENEWABLE ENERGY REGULATOR

    He has clearly been writing leftist crap while on the government payroll!

  26. Gab

    Here is Michael Mazengrab’s profile from their ABC’s The Drum

    A carbon copy for most public servants in Canberra no doubt.

  27. papachango

    So Abbott is Voldermort and Julie Bishop is the evil witch Dolores Umbridge according to the Left?

    fine, two can play at that game. Gilderoy Lockhart was Harry’s Defence Against the Dark Arts Teacher in one of the early books. From Wikipedia:

    Gilderoy Lockhart is a narcissistic wizarding celebrity who has written many books on his fabulous adventures (which turn out not to be true) encountering dark creatures. … He is unpopular amongst most of the staff, particularly Professor Snape; however, he is greatly admired by many others, particularly witches, such as Hermione Granger and Mrs. Weasley, who find him attractive. Harry dislikes Lockhart for a number of reasons: his arrogance, his belief that Harry flew to Hogwarts in a car to seek further attention, his penchant for handing out signed photos of himself, and the trouble he has with simple magic such as healing Harry’s broken arm… . Lockhart is exposed as a charlatan and a coward when he attempts to avoid entering the Chamber of Secrets by revealing to Harry and Ron Weasley that he never performed the amazing feats documented in his books, instead stealing other wizards’ experiences and erasing their memories.
    Rowling has said Lockhart is the only character she has ever based on a real-life person. Lockhart was inspired by an unrevealed acquaintance who was “even more objectionable than his fictional counterpart” and “used to tell whopping great fibs about his past life, all of them designed to demonstrate what a wonderful, brave and brilliant person he was.

    (my bolding). Can anyone tell me which former PM Rowling used to hang out with?

  28. Walter Plinge

    I guess he could see what was coming and did a great big dummy spit before was was pushed. Pity many of his fellow travellers didn’t do likewise.

  29. Notafan

    Carbon Farming

    So mayby he can go work for Carbonscape and shovel charcoal down mineshafts, that would be useful.

  30. Gab

    Was Kevin Rudd, our King Joffrey?

    Nothing to do with HP, but Rudd reminds me of Gollum.

  31. Token

    Can anyone tell me which former PM Rowling used to hang out with?

    The funny thing is the whole series seems to warn about how the aparatus of state can be captured and used as an instrument of oppression & terror. It is a warning to children on the dangers of crony capitalism and amoral statists.

  32. twostix

    Whatever will an ANU graduate who thinks farming carbon dioxide is a wonderful 21st century idea do outside of the sheltered workshop that is Canberra?

    Oh, I see, he, a leftist political activist, wants to continue working for the government, only he wants to do so unconstrained by any code of conduct placed upon agents of the state.

  33. Token

    Here is his profile from apsindex.com:

    A true tax eater living in a world withough hope

  34. boy on a bike

    Job interviewer: “So, Michael – why did you leave the public service?”

    Michael: “Abbott turned me into a newt!”

  35. twostix

    The funny thing is the whole series seems to warn about how the aparatus of state can be captured and used as an instrument of oppression & terror. It is a warning to children on the dangers of crony capitalism and amoral statists.

    Dolores Umbridge, was the greatest potrayal of the modern, leftist, moral crusading, petty bureaucrat as its true form: a vicious, dominating, authoritarian, that I’ve seen in modern pop-culture. There were multitudes of themes that came out of her character – The dangers of state power, the kinds of people it attracts, the ability for such people to do evil to you “for your own good”, while truly believing in their inherent moral superiority, etc.

    “Because you know, deep down, you deserve to be punished”.

  36. Tom

    Michael Mazengarb is a student at The Australian National University and a member of the Global Voices Australian Youth Delegation to the UN negotiations in Durban this week.

    Who gave this amateur activist fruitcake a job in the APS? Why wasn’t there a proper screening process? Was he simply retrenched when the gravy train left the station? Or, given that fucktards lie about everything all the time, was he sacked for misconduct?

  37. .

    Who gave this amateur activist fruitcake a job in the APS? Why wasn’t there a proper screening process?

    Indeed, there was a screening process! He pass with flying colours.

  38. twostix

    Who gave this amateur activist fruitcake a job in the APS? Why wasn’t there a proper screening process?

    There are some departments that act with probity and are mindful of their place: Medicare and Centrelink come to mind (though the new Human Services is becoming a leviathan and needs to be smacked). Then there’s some departments, like the various climate change related depts and “rights” and “justice” depts, also increasingly National Parks that are holding cells for every awful, loudmouthed, left wing activist, communist and green cultist that you saw foaming at the mouth on campus.

  39. johanna

    Thank dog he’s gone from the APS.

    Where on earth did he get the idea that public servants should be passionate and opinionated? He obviously never even read the soggy lettuce leaf document called the Code of Conduct.

    He says that he resigned in disgust, but like others I’m wondering if he took a redundancy package before he found himself unemployed.

  40. Andrew

    Yep. What . said. And a bonus Catpoint for Gab’s “carbon copy” gag.

  41. Mr Rusty

    Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator

    Now THAT sounds like something from a Harry Potter novel!

    Prof Snape: Potter! That spell was too powerful, you’ve destroyed half the lab and Weasley has no eyebrows. Get down to the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator and have them remove the carbon from your wand and replace it with Windtardium Levyosa before you blow up the school!

  42. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Who gave this amateur activist fruitcake a job in the APS? Why wasn’t there a proper screening process? Was he simply retrenched when the gravy train left the station? Or, given that fucktards lie about everything all the time, was he sacked for misconduct?

    he joined Climate Change FFS. You could not GET a job there without being or pretending to be a glowball warming True Believer. And yes, their recruiiting process was in open breach of the APC Code of Conduct.

    What’s happened is that he’s been forced out of DCC and started to meet APS who are not far left wing activists and he has not liked that one little bit. Then this shallow little narcissist has seen a Big Meanie elected. So he’s taken his bat and ball and gone home to mum.

  43. Tardell G

    Harry Potter must be the new Star Wars for basement dwellers these days.

  44. rebel with cause

    he joined Climate Change FFS. You could not GET a job there without being or pretending to be a glowball warming True Believer.

    Even in its recruiting heydays it was widely known that Climate Change was a career dead-end for anyone sane. In addition to the fruitbats, Climate Change also served as a dumping ground for the truly dead wood that other departments wanted to get rid of. Although I guess dead wood and far-left activist is an oxymoron.

  45. Mr Rusty

    I can already picture it;

    Michael Mazengarb will end up as a Greens Senator. He will call a Senate enquiry into education funding and at the Hearing accuse Abbott of “forcibly shutting down that magic school.” Christopher Pyne will point out to Senator Mazengarb that, like Sea Patrol, Harry Potter is entirely fictional.

  46. Des Deskperson

    There is something very fishy about this guy and the pattern of his service in the APS particularly as, according to the CT blurb, he only left a federal government agency last week.

    I suspect that he’s never had an ongoing job in the APS, that he’s just periodically picked up ‘non-ongoing’ jobs here and there, either through temporary employment arrangements or civil contracts. You don’t have to be particularly good, experienced or diligent to find this sort of work, particularly if you have mates on the inside.

  47. Sir Humphry Appleby, GCB, KBE, MVO, MA (Oxon)

    I’m Appalled!

  48. manalive

    The Australian National University, Master of Climate Change, 2013 – 2014 (expected) …

    Guffaw.

  49. Notafan

    So he ‘quit’ in January 2014 even though LNP won the election in September 2013. Took him a long time to figure out Mr Abbott was Voldemort and that was despite the Climate Commission being abolished practically forthwith. Principles, my foot.
    Methinks he speaks parseltongue.

  50. Gab

    There is something very fishy about this guy and the pattern of his service in the APS particularly as, according to the CT blurb, he only left a federal government agency last week.

    I suspect that he’s never had an ongoing job in the APS, that he’s just periodically picked up ‘non-ongoing’ jobs here and there, either through temporary employment arrangements or civil contracts. You don’t have to be particularly good, experienced or diligent to find this sort of work, particularly if you have mates on the inside.

    What you say, Des, rings very true and I suspect you are correct.

  51. Notafan

    Master of Climate Change,

    That is going to be like a Masters of Alchemy pretty soon isn’t it? Maybe he should be better off looking for the Philosopher’s Stone.

  52. Token

    Master of Climate Change

    Tell that to Terry Pratchett, you can bet he’ll place it on Rincewind’s next hat

  53. gabrianga

    Agreed Des. Must have plenty of time off or rest days to help organise protest meetings and attend Prof. Flannery’s lectures.

    These people infested the “Environment” section of the Canberra Public Service more than 40 years ago when I was trying to negotiate with the Department.

    Nothing has changed.

  54. This is from an op-ed by former public servant Michael Mazengarb explaining why he has resigned from the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator following the election of the Abbott government.

    Uh huh. Uh huh.

    You know, over the years I have watched various ‘Mastermind’ type quiz shows, and they always seemed to feature strange nerdy overweight men with beards who were described as ‘a public servant who lives in Canberra, and whose special subject is Batman comics, 1960-1972′.

    And now I see why.

  55. That is going to be like a Masters of Alchemy pretty soon isn’t it? Maybe he should be better off looking for the Philosopher’s Stone.

    I thought that’s what Flannery’s mob spent their days doing anyway.

  56. Tardell G

    No doubt Michael Mazengarb’s eagerly awaiting the porn version of Harry Potter -
    “Hairy Pooter”.

  57. Robbo

    Mazengarb’s resignation is a great result for the taxpayers of Australia. That is one less leach sucking on the public purse. We can only hope that all the other bludgers he shared space with at the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator follow his example and quit. That would allow the Government to close down that useless pile of bureaucratic nonsense.

  58. And Another Thing

    Geez, could someone please tell the leftards, Labor-loyal public servants, the dense centre of the Greens and anyone else who needs to know that Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter are not real people.
    They also might have to know that Sea Patrol is a fictional series and Border Security, or whatever it is does not give away official secrets.

  59. hoppers

    All is explained. It’s my reading habits that prevented me finding a place on board the gravy train…..Dammit!

  60. MT Isa Miner

    Mr Rusty

    #1176395, posted on February 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator

    Now THAT sounds like something from a Harry Potter novel!

    Prof Snape: Potter! That spell was too powerful, you’ve destroyed half the lab and Weasley has no eyebrows. Get down to the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator and have them remove the carbon from your wand and replace it with Windtardium Levyosa before you blow up the school!

    Got a kid into book 4 so that floating spell is still current for me. Thanks for the new insult for those who reckon we should reverse the last 300 years of the industrial revolution and go back to wind- WINDTARD!

    Get the wind up their arses, Rusty. Ha Ha

  61. Toiling Mass

    ‘Mazengarb’ sounds like a Harry Potter name.

    I suspect his real surname is ‘Martin’.

  62. David

    thank dog

    Dyslexic Johanna?

  63. Mundi

    Its ironic, because in harry Potter everything to do with the ministry is considered to be incompetent, and its well understood that they stuff everything up and must be avoided at all costs as idiots get to the top and run policies with crazy ideas….

    He has sucked the public teet long enough he doesn’t even need the made up job. Will probably drop straight into a high paying labor advisory position.

  64. Bons

    A quiz for you Mazza:
    Other than the Australian Taxpayer, name one person who has been “impacted” by climate change, and define in detail the nature and cause of that “impact”?

  65. Bethjl

    OMG We have Senator Sarah Sea Patrol, now we have public servants confusing Harry Potter with reality – no wonder the country is in such a mess. The Libs really do need to go harder on this misfit culture.

  66. Myrddin Seren

    Courtesy of the Lefty academic sister-in-law, this petition is going around Change.org and promoted via Facebook:

    http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/to-the-australian-government-and-the-governor-general-we-reject-tony-abbott-and-the-lnp

    It’s a call to the GG to dismiss the government because the Left rejects the election results as being an outcome of people being so dumb they shouldn’t have been allowed to vote in the first place.

    Waiting for the eliminationist rhetoric of the Left to go nuclear by Budget time.

  67. .

    We have a “petition” every three years, we have another “petition” to change that three year rule, which requires 4/6 states and an overall majority of the plebes to back it.

    Fucking clowns.

  68. For the record, Voldemort installed a puppet, whom Rowling delightfully named Pius Thicknesse (say it out loud). And yes, it is a coup d’etat. Thicknesse’s predecessor is murdered, although the extent to which the Wizarding World as a whole is aware of this is not revealed.

    I would be very, very suspicious if something sudden and lethal were to happen to Abbott now.

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