Can we have another royal commission

According to general commentary, the reason that a Royal Commission has been called into the banks because of alleged bad behaviour and bad consumer outcomes. On this basis, can we have a Royal Commission into Government. Here are some data points:

  • Poor customer outcomes – Can we start with the NBN. Does anything else need to be said. But what about dealing with government agencies. Anyone had to recently call Centrelink, the ATO, Medicare?  Oh and pink bats deaths also perhaps.
  • Misleading and deceptive conduct – the ABC is required under law to deliver balanced content, and well …
  • Price fixing – As a fully paid up member of the OECD, government officials (usually Treasury) like to take their tax free sabbaticals to Paris to collude with other tax free officials to lecture on Tax Base Erosion. This is a political euphemism for big governments getting together to fix their prices (tax rates) and to beat up on the smaller countries who dare to undercut them on price. Where is the ACCC?
  • Executives being paid too much and out of step with community standards – The most senior executives of the RBA, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Depart of the Treasurer earn around $1m per annum (give or tax $100K). The head of the ABC earns about $1m. But the head of the NBN earns $3.5m. Seems out of step with community standards to me.
  • Abuse of shareholder funds – 2 words here; parliamentary entitlements. Whale watching trip anyone? Helicopter joy ride? Family holiday to Uluru?
  • Market manipulation and price rigging – the Reserve Bank meets every month, except January of course (northern hemisphere skiing), so that it can discuss how to manipulate the price of Australia money. At the same time, the RBA participates in the market it is manipulating, thus generating regular annual profits. ASIC has not yet launched an inquiry.

Clearly there is enough basis for a Royal Commission to be called into the conduct and performance of government. It is regrettable but necessary.

Come on Mal. Come on Bill. Bring it on.

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24 Responses to Can we have another royal commission

  1. Just one into Their ABC would be sufficient. Peppa Pig would probably breathe a sigh of relief at not being held hostage to media terrorists.

  2. Tel

    One big Royal Commission to answer:
    * Why the NBN costs a lot and doesn’t deliver.
    * How the ABC got infiltrated and no longer even pretends not to be biased.
    * Who paid themselves a bit extra of other people’s money when they are answerable to no one.
    * When is a cartel not a cartel?

    We could give it some all encompassing name, like the Royal Commission into the Bleeding Obvious. That’s got a nice ring to it.

  3. Sydney Boy

    I second a Royal Commission into the ABC. The bias is fcuking disgraceful.

  4. EvilElvis

    Royal Commission into the Bleeding Obvious.

    Beautiful, Tel.

    And here’s the outcome, all levels and departments of the PS are 85% staffed by incompetent, lazy, useless pricks that really haven’t got the drive or intelligence to make a go of a job in private enterprise so shack up in self protected, sheltered workshops or quangos and milk whatever they can due to their incompetent superiors who are afraid of their union mates.

    Maybe we need an RC into unions…

  5. RobK

    We are just lucky it’s mostly incompetence and not corruption like, well…..we’re just lucky, that is all.

  6. Rohan

    Relocate the APVMA to Antartica and I’ll be happy.

  7. Fred

    Don’t get me started on Centrelink.

    They are chasing me for a $300 Austudy debt from 2011 and want me to provide my 6 year old payslips.

    Its been going on for 2 months. They still haven’t managed to prove that I was incorrectly paid.

  8. stackja

    Clearly there is enough basis for a Royal Commission to be called into the conduct and performance of government.

    At each election the people have the power to censure the conduct and performance of government. Also why cannot the people censure the conduct and performance of the judiciary?

  9. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    Parliamentarians, like cattle, may sometimes go astray, but elections held every three or four years seem to act as a reliable prod to jolt them back on to the straight and narrow.

    — Nick Cater

  10. I am Spartacus

    At each election the people have the power to censure the conduct and performance of government.

    every election, we censure the conduct and performance of elected officials. sadly, government is so much more and so much bigger than elected officials.

  11. stackja

    I am Spartacus
    #2576588, posted on December 5, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Then censure all.

  12. TFX

    I do not know what the final terms of reference are but if they can look at industry superannuation funds all Australians may have benefits from public exposure in a Royal Commission. For your information I recommend reading the articles by Gilligan and Craig and the further article by Collins in the
    https://www.taxandsuperaustralia.com.au/Documents/Governance/TRFL/Tax-Policy-Journal-2016.pdf

    Maybe more can be exposed to the public than most people are aware of.

  13. jupes

    The government’s two biggest crimes involve making decisions against the national interest:

    * Muslim immigration, and
    * Climate change policies.

    A lot of politicians should go to jail for a long time.

  14. Just Interested

    There was a Royal Commission into pink bats – conducted by the beautifully named Mr Justice Hanger…
    http://www.homeinsulationroyalcommission.gov.au/documentation/documents/reportoftheroyalcommissionintothehomeinsulationprogram.pdf

  15. MPH

    stackja – I think that’s the worst ‘Liberty’ quote in the database. Most of our lot wouldn’t even respond to a cattle prod.

  16. Tiny Dancer

    Skiing in January in the northern hemisphere is magnificent. Beyond words really.

  17. OneWorldGovernment

    Spartacus

    A Royal Commission into Banking will surely include all the fly by night union controlled banking co-operatives and Superannuation Funds.

    Surely?

  18. Mark A

    Tiny Dancer
    #2576680, posted on December 5, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Skiing in January in the northern hemisphere is magnificent. Beyond words really.

    Other than you being off topic, I agree, skiing is OK snow and ice on the roads is not. I’m here, I know and hate it.

  19. Herodotus

    It just needs the procedure to be followed correctly.
    1. Get the ABC to do a 4 Corners expose – they’ll be glad to do a hatchet job on any conservative government.
    2. Make sure the terms of reference make it impossible to lay any blame on former Labor governments or Greens actions in the Senate.
    3. Declare any investigation or corrective action re the ABC to be off limits forever.

  20. Up The Workers!

    “Pink batts deaths”???

    Is that something to do with Same Sex Marriage?

    I seem to recall that the insulation installers Labor’s mad brain-fart thought-bubble cash giveaway killed, were all industrially manslaughtered while installing electrically conductive SILVER batts.

    Has anybody yet heard how profuse the apologies were on behalf of the grossly negligent A.L.P. Misgovernment, or how much compo was paid by the A.L.P. to the bereaved families from Party funds? They are the “battlers’ buddy”; the “workingman’s friend”, after all!

    If they claim to have been tight for funds, they could always have stolen the odd $20 million or so from the “Help yourSelf Union” (H.S.U.) – its been done before!

  21. John Bayley

    Parliamentarians, like cattle, may sometimes go astray, but elections held every three or four years seem to act as a reliable prod to jolt them back on to the straight and narrow.

    That may have been the case some 20-30 years ago. These days, when the choice is between Tweedle-dumb and Tweedle-even-dumber, elections no longer make any significant difference.
    As can be seen from the fact that despite having a ‘centre-right’ (sarc) government, the ABC, to name just one of the most obvious examples, carries on with no fear of any retribution.

  22. Dr Fred Lenin

    The RC would probably be chaired by a paid up member of the tax eating law trade ,assisted by other members of the same aparat. The judge only has to be carefull not to disclose ‘the findings untill a couple of months after the RC ends . He was given the results of the RC and its findings ,with guidelines on how to achieve the desired result .when he was chosen to head the RC , And ,fold to keep it away from Catallaxy contributors . The aparat can breathe easy mthe RC is in safe hands . You

  23. old bloke

    jupes
    #2576659, posted on December 5, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    The government’s two biggest crimes involve making decisions against the national interest:

    * Muslim immigration, and
    * Climate change policies.

    A lot of politicians should go to jail for a long time.

    + 100

  24. Glen Turner

    There will be no RC into government. None of the crooks in politics and business will allow their cosy little deals that rip off or betray the average citizen to see the light of day, much less cease to bring in the bucks. Better off hoping for a black swan or a revolution to bring common sense, normalcy and fairness back to the table.

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