John Constantine: Dictated Law from Unelected Operatives

Back in the old days, the police always used to say their job was to enforce the laws made by elected officials, not make laws themselves.

Now we see vicpol political operatives making submissions on gun laws, and even vicpol top level unelected operatives colluding with unelected shire operatives to transform road speed limits.

Shire rates no longer need be spent on fixing roads, as unelected vicpol political officers are this week to appear with unelected shire political officers in community consultation meetings to drop speed limits on worn out infrastructure, so rates and taxes can be spent paying high wages to political officers instead.

What points can Cats make on the slippery slope that is dictator made law?

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22 Responses to John Constantine: Dictated Law from Unelected Operatives

  1. Nerblnob

    Just drove from East Gippsland to Melbourne. The number of seemingly arbitrary length 40-60kmh zones is shocking. A km of slowdown for one pothole with a few hi Vis guys standing around is typical. Jobs and sloth.

  2. Farmer Gez

    I’m right onto this one John and will be asking some probing questions at the the “consultation” meetings.
    If they’d put up 80km/h then there would have been some general support but they have to push the parcel and annoy the punters.
    This has a great deal to do with the CVs of unelected officers than public safety.

  3. John Constantine

    70 kilometers an hour top speed limit on decayed open road infrastructure, as 100 kilometers an hour is ‘unsafe’.

    The community consultation notices i have seen outlines the narrative as they intend to frame it.

    “We are talking only about safety, this is nothing about saving money.”

    If they are only providing roads suitable for use at 70% of last years speed limit, why are they entitled to charge rates higher than 70% of last years tribute payment?.

  4. Mark A

    Nerblnob
    #2551117, posted on November 13, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Just drove from East Gippsland to Melbourne. The number of seemingly arbitrary length 40-60kmh zones is shocking. A km of slowdown for one pothole with a few hi Vis guys standing around is typical. Jobs and sloth.

    I see, the EU sickness has arrived in the land of OZ.
    Nerblnob, if you haven’t driven in EU you have no idea. On the freeways it’s OK, but get off them and drive through villages and it’s a different world.
    They have speed cameras everywhere.

    The speed limit can be anything from 30 to 50 and on the minor highways the usual limit is 90 but in places it can be 100.
    Just got fined 150Euros for being over the speed limit on one such road.

  5. Mark A

    PS
    Just got fined 150Euros for being over the speed limit on one such road.
    I was overtaking farm machinery against opposing traffic so I had to push it, technically you could say I should’ve waited.

  6. John Constantine

    The looming next round of yarragrad rural council amalgamations has existing top level council employees laser focused on escaping their existing bankrupt councils for more secure employment with bigger councils in the city. They realise they are unemployable in the private sector, so are hellbent on promoting the socialist narrative to prove they are entitled to keep on the public service gravy train come the amalgamations and job losses.

    Like fairfilth journalists want good safe jobs at their abc.

  7. anonandon

    One reason why self driving cars will be taken up with enthusiasm. No more tickets, no drink driving issues. If they can install a bathroom I think I’ll live in my car.

  8. Rockdoctor

    Section of the Gregory Developmental Rd approx 100km north of Clermont in such a shocking state they have reduced the speed limit to 80km/h rather than fix it, it has been in disrepair for some time. Add on to that we have in this part of the dry tropics had some of the driest few years in decades so they have been lucky a good wet hasn’t washed the road away or accelerated the deterioration.

    I have mentioned before the snails pace of the upgrade of the Peak Downs Hwy west of Mackay as well up the Eton Range & through to Nebo. Was at a party a few months back and one of the other men there owned his own tipper truck, he put the blame for a lot of this at the various firms contracted to do the work like Seymour White for example. His dealings with their management basically said full of young Engineers & planners who don’t have a clue.

    Unsure what the solution is compared to 20 years ago seems I can’t drive on a road anymore without being slowed down for some reason. On the above they wonder why Pauline Hanson is going to make big inroads to Rural QLD, people are not interested in shiny new stadiums they want functioning infrastructure.

  9. John Constantine

    A few years ago, it became a thing to put up big:

    “Unsafe Road Ahead”

    signs before the bad roads became worse. Now after continued depreciation and deterioration, the cheap and nasty fix is to drop speed limits on the roads they have cheaped out on.

    Almost makes the rates they charge look like ‘obtaining financial advantage by deception’.

  10. entropy

    It is also a problem of declining rural population. Do you keep spending the money to maintain those roads, against other priorities like an expanding public service wages bill. Vast dimes are misdirected, and rural types are just on the end of the chain and more easily put at the back of the queue.

    Also, the rates base in many rural areas does not cover council costs, which are heavily subsidised by the States. The state governments would rather spend their token moneys where the votes are.

  11. John Constantine

    In Victoria, the sale of the State owned Rural Finance Corporation was sold at rural community consultation meetings as enabling the recycling of capital to fix infrastructure.

    Money dumped into consolidated revenue instead.

    Feckless viclibs sold it, then failed to lock in the fixing up contracts before they lost the election.

    Promises at meetings by political operatives last as long as they advantage the electoral cycle.

  12. John Constantine

    Not in a Marginal electorate?.

    Top speed of seventy kilometers an hour for you.

    Next will be the requirement to have a man with a red flag walk in front of your truck on the bad stretches.

  13. H B Bear

    Victoriastani governments at every level have always seen the motorist as a prime source of revenue.

  14. anonandon

    One reason why self driving cars will be taken up with enthusiasm. No more tickets, no drink driving issues. If they can install a bathroom I think I’ll live in my car.

    Your car doesn’t have a centre console?

  15. What points can Cats make on the slippery slope that is dictator made law?

    None.
    We are halfway down and the speed is increasing on the way to the Dictatorship of the Bureaucracy.
    Comrades.

  16. Nerblnob

    Nerblnob, if you haven’t driven in EU you have no idea.

    I live and work in Europe most of the time.

    Australia, Victoria in particular, is generally worse. Strikingly so if you’ve just come from Europe.

    I’m not talking about rural back roads only used by local people but arterial routes.

    Biggest improvements in road safety come from better cars and better roads, not power hungry unelected officialdom.

  17. harry buttle

    the police attempting to dictate gun laws to feckless politicians, is a massive example of police overreach and political cowardice – the should be publicly told to get back to enforcing the laws rather than spending resources trying to shape the laws.
    the fact that the police, politicians and voters are comfortable with this shows we are well and truly on the slippery slope.

  18. anonandon

    Winston

    Your car doesn’t have a centre console?

    That did make me laugh.

    A lemon tree or even a laundry sink, but that is as far as I will go. To all automotive engineers, the ball is in your court.

  19. zyconoclast

    One reason why self driving cars will be taken up with enthusiasm. No more tickets, no drink driving issues. If they can install a bathroom I think I’ll live in my car.

    The real purpose of autonomous cars will be that is that will only be allowed to travel to specified destinations at specified times.
    It will be the modern equivalent of the Soviet internal passports.

  20. No conscious effort has been made by the Proles to have this stupefying level of regulation imposed on us, yet here we are – well on the way to a policed state which no one but our managerial and political elite want.
    How to stop it?
    The ballot box has failed – each time we chuck out the morally bankrupt managers, we get in a mob who proceed to impose yet more regulation and restriction on us.
    The Social Contract has been well and truly torn up.

  21. John Constantine

    Not about money. All about safety.

    I am told that the old CEO of a shire that is volunteering to collaborate with the police made law and impose a 70 kmh open road speed limit, to save money, adjusted the rural rubbish collection routes, so as to have all possible bins deposited on open highways, mixing pensioners struggling with big bins and b-doubles grossing over 60 tonnes, doing 100 kmh.

    Saving money by requiring the slow moving rubbish trucks to park, pick up and slowly move away on the verge of narrow roads struggling to support convoys of semi-trailers.

    The money saved was small, and the ceo insisted in running recycling trucks that cost more than the value of the plastic they recycle, simply to have green credentials on her next job application.

    Pensioners taking their lives in their hands, juggling recycling bins and playing ‘chicken’ with b-triples is fine, no concern with safety if it progresses your chances of a good council job.

  22. Tel

    The real purpose of autonomous cars will be that is that will only be allowed to travel to specified destinations at specified times.

    And total tracking of all transport.

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