How rooted are we?

If your answer to the above was anything less than completely or all the way, then BUZZZZ.  Thank you for playing.

This evening, your intrepid correspondent attended a gathering of people from the Sydney start up community.  The reason for the gathering was to hear from 3 experts on the possible impact on the start up sector flowing from the coming Commonwealth and NSW elections.

What proceeded was somewhere between 60 and 90 minutes on how to lobby ministers, how to lobby legislators, how to lobby the bureaucracy …. replete with some named and some un-named examples.

The experts were …. former staffers of senior Commonwealth Government Ministers (from both sides).

TAFKAS was utterly depressed.  Their advice, although they were hammers thinking they were talking to nails, was about how to influence government outcomes (this is lobbyist speak for lobbying) to achieve your business goals.

Basically,to start a business to engage in voluntary commercial transactions between to consenting parties, entrepreneurs need to to spend a significant amount of money and management time thinking about government relations.

For those readers out there, let TAFKAS repeat.  Business is the act of consenting parties engaging in voluntary transactions.  Note the 2 magic words, consenting and voluntary; 2 words that are utterly antithetical to government.

What does government do?  Find new and better ways to to prevent such voluntary transactions between consenting parties.  And apparently, to be successful in business in Australia, you must be able to make sure that government gets out of your way or does not plan to get in your way.  Or even better, gets in the way of your competitors and leaves you well alone.

As a country, we are so rooted.

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22 Responses to How rooted are we?

  1. Big_Nambas

    I’m from the government and I’m here to help. (Ronny Raygun)

    FMD.

    How rooted are we? a lot more than even you think TAFKAS.

  2. Iva Right

    I have come to the the conclusion that Australian governments at all levels and federally in particular are actively and deliberately working against the best interests of the electorate.

  3. Yep. I’m rather glad to be getting on and being able to watch the spectacular suicide of the culture that was able to put a man on the moon, a vessel to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, and other such delights.

  4. Dr Fred Lenin

    Abolishing career politicians would abolish lobbyists and corruption on a huge scale .

  5. Rob

    Surely its a good thing too give businesses money so they can hire consultants to fill out the innovation forms?

  6. DaveR

    Its depressing to hear that startups think to succeed they need government patronage. What about good old private equity, starting with family, followed by wealthy mates, and then on to institutions?

    That has always been the Australian way, except if you’re rooted.

  7. Nob

    Struggling to think of anyone I know I’m Australia who isn’t caught or complicit in this Kafkaesque web.

    For a while I tried to work in “renewables” back in the 90s when I believed it was future technology. Wind, wave, solar, whatever. I have some track record in getting small technology companies to the market.

    Depressing, year after year, to find that the most valuable skill in the industry was writing applications for government grants.

  8. Nob

    That has always been the Australian way, except if you’re rooted.

    Not for about twenty years Dave.
    We are indeed rooted, suited and rubber booted, and so I work mostly overseas.

  9. John Constantine

    Their ABC cheered today on radio as a major meat producing company explained it would use ruinables and batteries to cut it’s carbon at any price.

    Unsaid was the knowledge that unswerving compliance with the economic genocide of the Anglosphere heresy through the Paris debacle.

  10. Fat Tony

    Winston Smith
    #2945677, posted on February 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm
    Yep. I’m rather glad to be getting on and being able to watch the spectacular suicide of the culture that was able to put a man on the moon, a vessel to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, and other such delights.

    Hi Winston – when I was a kid, I used to read about the fall of the Roman Empire and other civilisations and think “How fucking stupid they must have been – how could they let it happen???”

    And now I am watching it in real-time.

  11. Destroyer D69

    Iva Right.. I totally agree. ” I have come to the the conclusion that Australian governments at all levels and federally in particular are actively and deliberately working against the best interests of the electorate.” A possible solution available in many overseas jurisdictions

    Whereas the voters have politicians that routinely pass legislation and take executive privilege beyond the voters’ expressed desires, we demand the right to recall politicians (both legislative and executive) who fail to meet the electorate’s mandates. We further demand that both the constitution and city charters be amended to include the right of recall, and such right shall not be more stringently restricted than it is in other states that currently recognize the right in their respective bodies of law.
    .

  12. John Constantine

    How rooted are we?.

    Their yarragrad imports 800 semiautomatic military style assault rifles to gun down protestors in the streets.

    And this is illegal in the hands of a prole.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbjljsqlOkg&t=167s

  13. Win

    Did they give any indication as to what sort of businesses we were supposed to be starting up. .? Remember Bob Hawkes culture start up with some woman in Wollongong given thousands to write pornographic poetry?

  14. Shy Ted

    Au contraire, politicians seem to be remarkably good at spotting business opportunities. KRudd saws his wife’ potential. Ian McDonald saw the gold in coal mines. Kim Beasley thaan Joe Hockey saw the earnings potential in New York. Mike Rann doing very nicely in Italy for a decade. ALP apparatchicks in super funds. Piggy Howes at KPMG. None of these lucrative enterprises would have succeeded without your money and a government. And so on.

  15. gowest

    Australia recorded a government debt equivalent to 41.90 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product in 2017.
    $40.511. billion revenue (taxes!) last year. $87.057 billion spending

    tradingeconomics.com

  16. Rebel with cause

    Relax, real entrepreneurs don’t go to such time wasting events. They just pay for them to be held out of their taxes.

  17. Their yarragrad imports 800 semiautomatic military style assault rifles to gun down protestors in the streets.

    Only conservative protesters John.

    As long as violent left wing protesters aren’t actually protesting against the Uniparty cartel they’ll continue to be exempt from the laws of the land.

  18. Ian of Brisbane

    The real purpose of these pathetic rules and regulations is to set conditions for graft. Good thing the bags are brown paper and not plastic, wouldn’t want to break the law.

  19. Behind Enemy Lines

    Posted on 8:33 pm, February 27, 2019 by The Artist Formerly Known As Spartacus
    How rooted are we?

    110%

  20. Squirrel

    “What proceeded was somewhere between 60 and 90 minutes on how to lobby ministers, how to lobby legislators, how to lobby the bureaucracy…..”

    Which sums up neatly why we continue to rely so heavily on primary production exports, and will for the forseeable future – with our major export of “elaborately transformed” goods being bright, highly educated young Australians who head off overseas.

  21. Nato

    Quick! Everyone panic!!!
    You took the time to listen to people blow wind in the air about doing something meaningful by blowing wind in the air.
    If one’s experience is blowing wind into the air around governmental types, what are the odds a point would be made against blowing wind in the air?
    I love reading your posts, but this one is silly. Also, I have a definite idea in my mind of your voice. That title… I read it in the voice of a labourer, then read the byline, then laughed, because I heard “How rooted are we?” in the voice of someone about to drawl over government prevention of voluntary transactions between consenting parties.

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