Common sense has died along with truth and trust

Today in The Australian

Perhaps the royal commission is the new form of the Last Judgment. As the wicked are exposed and the innocent — should there be any — exonerated, the commissioner, observing the proceedings from an elevated podium, impassably records their fate.


About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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12 Responses to Common sense has died along with truth and trust

  1. Mark M

    A royal commission into aged care.

    Just another excuse to divide a couple of billion dollars amongst their lawyer mates.

    Spend the money getting the aged care fixed and then report to your nearest police station, Morrison.

  2. H B Bear

    Cannot read the article as I gave up my subscription years ago. A Royal Commission is usually an admission that the regulatory functions of government have failed. ASIC and APRA should be hammered by the banking Royal Commission. The answer? Expect more regulations and another layer of administrative and compliance costs.

    The first step would be to restore the now forgotten tradition of Ministerial responsibility. Sacking the relevant Minister at a personal cost of a couple of hundred thousand dollars a year would certainly focus the mind. Likewise sacking or demoting senior public servants.

    Another step would be to slash the size of Cabinet so Ministers where actually senior politicians who were actually capable of exercising some control over their departments instead of just taking their advice at face value. Whether this is possible with the current crop of politicians, from either branch of the UniParty, is a separate question.

  3. JohnA

    “impassably”? –> “impassively”

    Voice type still has a way to go, doesn’t it?

  4. cuckoo

    Who’s the cute chickie babe with the brainy glasses asking the I’m-so-serious questions of all the squirmers in the dock?

  5. Ellen of Tasmania

    No… common sense is not quite done yet.

    Good old Cory. I’m actually enjoying his podcasts more than I expected. He is really unapologetic about what he believes and although he’d have a bigger government than me, I’m pretty happy to get to the size he’d like first and then review it.

    Cats certainly should be listening & supporting him.

  6. Confused Old Misfit

    Cats certainly should be listening & supporting him.

    Hear, hear!

  7. Tim Neilson

    A Royal Commission is usually an admission that the regulatory functions of government have failed.

    It’s an implicit admission, but it’s usually designed to avoid an overt admission.

    Think of the last bushfire RC in CFMMEUistan.

    Everyone knew that the disaster was caused by grotesque government negligence of proper forest management, at the behest of inner urban green hipsters.

    So the terms of the RC promised a no holds barred exhaustive analysis of everything that happened from the moment the fires started.

    That is, the terms of reference were assiduously designed to protect the guilty.

  8. .

    What we need is a blue ribbon committee into Royal Commissions.

  9. Dr Fred Lenin

    Most of this socialist shit started with obummer and the krudster ,two wankers of the first order ,and a total waste of air . It will take draconian measures to undo the filth they and their cohorts created . Has overtones of the Weimar Republic before the socialist fascist Nazis conned the people into voting for them . The people were so sick of dickheaded polliemuppets they voted for what they were lied to as stability . The surviving Weimar republicans should have been in the dock a Nurnberg with the monsters they helped create .

  10. One of the best of the many great commentaries of Henry Ergas. He captures the despair of many in an age of institutional betrayal, incompetence, and often criminal behaviour.

  11. Dr Fred Lenin

    I love royal commissions .the governments pressured ,it sets one up,picks out some lawtradesmates to cop some coin .wries up the tern]ms o reference ,the desired “witnesses “and give guidelines to achieve the desired result and the pattern to follow to obfuscate the rort and make the polliemuppets come out smelling roses not the crap they really smell of . There must be a waiting list of lawtradespersons desirous of the big Cheques involved in being a part of one . Witness the cover up of the cfmeu fascists and the thief giliard for the effectiveness of them .

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