Hello World. Goodbye Sanity.

Spoiler alert.

In the most recent, 3rd version, of the A Star Is Born movie, there is a scene where the Bradley Cooper character gets up on stage at an awards night, before millions of viewers, and voids his bladder.  Wets himself, pees in his pants, let’s it go.

This scene came to TAFKAS’ mind when reading about Labor’s reaction to the Singapore trip of Matthias Cormann and the alleged “Hockey affair”.  The “Hockey affair” relates to the alleged conduct of Mr Joe Hockey engaged in his capacity as Australian Ambassador to the USA.  And please remember, this is the same Joe Hockey whose list of achievements as Treasurer include …..????? (anyone who can provide a list of achievements qualifies for a free 12 month subscription to Catallaxy Files).

But talk about forest for the trees.  The reason that Hello World is top of mind is because, according to the AFR, Hello World has

a $1 billion government contract for public service travel

A $1 billion contract for public service travel.  That implies that it does not even include Ministerial and Ministerial staff travel.  A $1 billion government contract for public service travel.  FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!

Can you imagine what would happen to Australia’s carbon emissions if this $1 billion was zeroed out.

But here are some other ways to express $1 billion of public service travel:

  • 5 million return trips between Sydney or Melbourne and Canberra per annum or 13,700 return trips per day.
  • 100,000 first class return trips to London per annum or 275 per day.
  • 20% of the cost of a new over priced Sydney Airport.
  • 1.5 new overpriced Sydney Football Stadium.

Can these morons talk about the real stuff.

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21 Responses to Hello World. Goodbye Sanity.

  1. NB

    Skype to Skype. One billion becomes zero.

  2. John Constantine

    Hockey seems to be able to put on weight and beat his lapband through constant and dedicated sipping on fluid calories. This takes some doing, but he did it.

    On the plus side Hockey didn’t personally distribute the Trump dossier, [ although that might have got him a get out of media jail card if he did].

  3. Given what I’ve heard about the AFR, is that figure accurate and over what time period?

  4. Speedbox

    Does it include the DoD? They are HUGE users of domestic and international travel via civilian transport.

    Not trying to justify the figure, but over what period and is it a Whole of Government (WoG) deal?

  5. Speedbox

    (Original comment in moderation due to the acronym for Whole of Government)

    Does it include the Department of Defense? They are HUGE users of domestic and international travel via civilian transport.

    Not trying to justify the figure, but over what period and is it a Whole of Government deal?

  6. EJ.

    Feeding the masses with distraction…that’s all it’s about . Any media story that can distract the voter from the real Hot topics of Asylum seekers, Phelps, Border Control…and the MSM are doing a great job of it. Spin…wash…repeat.

  7. tombell

    to ask the question is to answer it….as you knew!

  8. Petros

    Often wondered how Hello World got so big so quickly. Did well up against Flight Centre. Who owns it? Union or Liberal mates?

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    Often wondered how Hello World got so big so quickly.

    They’ve been around since 1951.

  10. Roger

    A $1 billion government contract for public service travel.

    Like all government contracts it will be inflated by c. 25%.

    Why can’t public servants simply book travel with the cheapest reliable provider, like most Australians do when they travel?

  11. Rafe Champion

    Once upon a time a billion here and a billion there was real money.

    Now a billion is petty change.

    Zimbabwe here we come!

  12. Confused Old Misfit

    How to lose an election you almost had won.

  13. Fang

    Best way to define a billion dollars, I reckon!

    1 billion seconds is 31 years, 251 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes, 54.7843 seconds.

    Puts it in context for us plebs!

    🙄

  14. Dr Fred Lenin

    There is little need of travel for work purposes these days we dont rely on the postman anymore . Many people actually work from home rarely going to the office . This is probably the underemployed public employees making it look like they are working yiu know like politicians creatinf thousands of useless laws .and i=union leaders causing strikes to make themselves look indispensible. Cut it oi[ut and use it to retire debt incurred in our names by useless politicians .
    The public employees need to be reined in put them on one year contracts withperformance based salaries and self funded super . This should apply to judges too including the high court .

  15. min

    How does that compare with Mrs Rudd getting the contract to supply staff ? Considering her experience was getting disabled into jobs I wonder how she went with filling top executive jobs for the government . Made a mint from the state

  16. Petros

    Bruce it seems that they expanded rapidly in the last 10 to 15 years. Maybe just in QLD.

  17. Percy Popinjay

    the same Joe Hockey whose list of achievements as Treasurer include

    – A “temporary” income tax increase, euphemistically called “the deficit repair levy”
    – Delivering successive budget deficits of $39.4 and $33 billion
    – Being photographed smoking a cigar at Parliament House with another preposterous political imbecile
    – Blowing his stack at a North Sydney pizza restaurant due to council seating regulations which delayed the delivery of his pizzas

    If there are any others, I’m sure Cats will be only too happy to list them.

  18. Bruce of Newcastle

    Petros – Name changes is all. There’s a Harvey World Travel at a nearby supermarket which rebadged as a Helloworld not long ago. What is happening is Aussies are more and more doing the cruise thing, so money is sploshing in these people’s direction. Pollie-travel is the cream on top.

  19. Squirrel

    Should he achieve the miraculous, and win the 2019 election, we can only hope that a PM who often refers to the “Canberra Bubble” will give a high priority to achieving serious and enduring savings in the size and running costs of the federal bureaucracy.

  20. Considering her experience was getting disabled into jobs I wonder how she went with filling top executive jobs for the government .

    Think how government has performed over at least the last decade.

    Then think “synergies”.

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