A parliament that does not legislate – call in the police.

James Robertson of the The Sydney Morning Herald seems to have taken a class from the Gillard School of Government; the school that teaches that good government is a government that passes as many laws as possible.  That the laws are terrible or meaningless or destructive does not matter.  Governing it seems is a volume game.

The problem, apparently, according to Mr Robertson is that:

Gladys Berejiklian’s government has passed the least bills of any new NSW premiers in three decades, a new analysis of records shows.

Mr Roberson seems not at all concerned about whether legislation is to the benefit of citizens or whether it actually achieves what it seeks to achieve.

Commenting on this lack of legislation is Dr Peter Chen of the University of Sydney Department of Government and International Relations:

“But it definitely tells us something about the parliament’s workload,” said Sydney University political scientist Dr Peter Chen. “It does make you ask: ‘What are the MPs doing?'”

A very good question Dr Chen, but one that can be equally asked of the academics of the University of Sydney Department of Government and International Relations.  What are the University of Sydney academics doing?

Dr Chen, who also authored Animal Welfare in Australia: Politics and policy (available in paperback for $40) appears concerned that “the state government had adopted a managerial style“.  Yes.  It must be horrible to have a government that has some modicum of competence given the other examples around Australia.  What NSW needs more than anything else is a good dose of what NSW had before the 2011 election.

In Sydney Morning Herald and Sydney University land, it seems that busy-ness is the virtue and business is the vice.

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18 Responses to A parliament that does not legislate – call in the police.

  1. procrustes

    Yes – the same accusation (lack of legislation as a bad thing) was said of Tony Abbott. In my view, the less legislation the better. As Reagan is reported to have said “I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I’m in a Cabinet meeting.”

  2. Mother Lode

    The sad thing is that Gladys, even as she decrees that wicked gas shall never again find a home in NSW, is still the stand out example.

  3. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Gladys Berejiklian’s government has passed the least bills of any new NSW premiers in three decades, a new analysis of records shows.

    One could almost grow to like the old bat, but let’s not push it.

  4. Rabz

    Beryl Gladyshlocklian’s

    government has passed the least bills of any new NSW premiers in three decades, a new analysis of records shows.

    However her beloved government’s destructive incompetence is still plainly evident pretty much any where else a voter might care to look.

  5. max

    “That government is best which governs not at all.”

  6. Texas Jack

    All budding parliamentarians need to be handed a copy of the latest Idiots Guide to being an Elected Representative. I don’t believe it has a chapter on how-to-look-all-busy-and-legislative-and-such…

  7. the state government had adopted a managerial style

    The term “managerial style” could mean anything. But mostly its a style that values process above output and utility. Efficiently and effectively performing pointless tasks.

  8. Neil

    However her beloved government’s destructive incompetence is still plainly evident pretty much any where else a voter might care to look.

    NSW is doing OK especially when Gladys was Treasurer. It became debt free recently

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/nsw-debt-free-for-first-time-in-20-years-treasurers-billions-bolster-the-bottom-line/news-story/3762c8ef6528e02a18e390f8957a7cdb

    NSW is back in black, with Premier Mike Baird ­officially wiping the state of all debt for the first time in 20 years.

    NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian will today confirm the state’s debt-free status after foreshadowing in December that NSW would be in a cash-positive position for the first time ever.

    Ms Berejiklian will release the Total State Sector Accounts today, which show a $4.7 billion surplus in 2015-16 — a whopping $1.3 billion more than what was predicted in the June budget.

  9. a reader

    Gladys is on the left of the NSW Liberals but she’s pretty reasonable when it comes to economics. Frankly, for all we can criticise NSW Liberals for (and there’s quite a lot), the country would be a shitload better if every government in the country was like the NSW one.

    What everybody forgets when they talk about NSW is that the upper house in NSW is the most right wing chamber in the country. Christian Democrats and Shooters party hold the balance of power and they have done for quite some time.

  10. Andrew

    Best Jobson Grothe in the country. Budget well and truly balanced. Actually building useable stuff like proper roads instead of windmills and school halls. (WA built some nice stuff too, but massively debt funded.) The gas “ban” is only a moratorium, she claims so there is some hope of surviving the 2023 summer. Reasonable quality bridge. What’s not to like, compared to DPRSA?

  11. Norman Church

    Passed the fewest bills, not the least.

    What a refreshing change. If true.

  12. notaluvvie

    “It does make you ask: ‘What are the MPs doing?’”

    Quite possibly doing what they’re supposed to do, listening to their electorate by being available in their offices.

    As if any of them read the legislation for which they vote; they are just party hack numbers who do as they are told. Only “academics” and those who live in the politico-legal bubble would think passing more and more regulations is a good thing. Perhaps they could spend more of their time reducing regulations. That would be a shock case study for so-called (unnecessary) academics.

  13. lotocoti

    the Gillard School of Government

    Previously known as the Stakhanovite movement.

  14. C.L.

    Animal Welfare in Australia: Politics and policy

    LOL,

  15. PEB

    Oh he’s a political scientist. Of course there’s no science content in this. But imagine the gall of these fellows to try on the scientist tag just to impress people with a skill that they definitely don’t actually have.
    It makes my blood boil.

  16. Rabz

    the upper house in NSW is the most right wing chamber in the country

    Containing about the only gliberal MP in the country that you’d feed, Peter Phelps.

  17. Tintarella di Luna

    Containing about the only gliberal MP in the country that you’d feed, Peter Phelps.

    Fact check: correct

  18. Neil

    Gladys is on the left of the NSW Liberals but she’s pretty reasonable when it comes to economics.

    Yep it has gone under the radar but NSW is now debt free something the Commonwealth was back in 2007. I guess people will say it is due to the extra revenue from the housing boom. But anytime a govt pays off debt is not easy because it takes discipline to save money

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