Imagine a world …

Imagine a world where the state owns a school demolition business. It roams the countryside knocking down perfectly fine public schools chosen by the state government. This company then sells the rubble to merchants. Not that anyone really wants to buy it, so the school-dozing company barely breaks even despite government subsidies. The obscene arrangement is justified on the basis that several hundred school rubble jobs are at stake. This is patently nuts. It is also the world in which we live right now.

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We don’t really need to imagine that world – we saw something just like it in 2009 when the government went around knocking down perfectly good school buildings, didn’t bother to on-sell the rubble, and then rebuilt those schools. At the time this was called “economic stimulus”, now it is recognised as being an “obscene arrangement”.

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14 Responses to Imagine a world …

  1. ar

    “school-dozing”…

    Hey, that’s what I used to do…

  2. Tintarella di Luna

    The architects of that disaster need to be arranged in effigy in every town square and nearby baskets of oranges (those harvested instead of ploughing them into the earth). At $2 a throw a modest sum accumulated might salve the incandescence.

  3. Tintarella di Luna

    Hey, that’s what I used to do…

    Did it pay off?

  4. Splatacrobat

    My Vocational guidance counsellor suggested I try to become an astronaut. Apparently he felt I was qualified because I took up space in school.

  5. Carpe Jugulum

    Under ther BER (school halls) program i did 136 of those bits os sh1t, how bad was it.

    I don’t even put them on my CV. They are a disgrace.

  6. candy

    I always wondered why they didn’t use the money to build roads and bridges and fix highways and so on.

  7. ar

    Did it pay off?

    Can’t say it hurt…

  8. egg_

    Wasn’t the ruse to have Gillard’s name on a plaque on all of the school halls in perpetuity, ‘cleverly’ promoting the ALP for decades to come?

  9. Empire Strikes Back

    I always wondered why they didn’t use the money to build roads and bridges and fix highways and so on.

    Highways and bridges are already saturated with hoardings, odes to the benevolent moochers who stole your income and then demanded you show gratitude. Schools owned by the state provided a tantalising opportunity to further the art of shameless self promotion and so it goes…

  10. H B Bear

    Having people stand in an overpriced tin shed with Gillard’s name on it at every election isn’t such a bright idea when you think of it.

  11. vlad

    They’re doing something similar with the copper network, scrapping it on political grounds rather than technical ones.

  12. JohnA

    vlad #1213474, posted on March 5, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    They’re doing something similar with the copper network, scrapping it on political grounds rather than technical ones.

    Now vlad, you have just reminded me of another union-dominated feather-bedding industry called Telstra, where the ALP has created a monster called NBN to re-nationalise the fibre infrastructure. Ultimate purpose: to extract punitive rents from the monopoly.

    I wonder what innovative solution the present government will employ to help the ALP-union axis destroy itself over this issue?

  13. zipping

    I always wondered why they didn’t use the money to build roads and bridges and fix highways and so on.

    No polling booths are found on bridges or highways

  14. .

    My friend who is a consulting engineer reckons (from his professional journals) for the money spent on the stimulus, the equivalent of three new snowy hydro schemes could have been built.

    I’m not saying the government should have built them, but it is a measure of value for money.

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