If only

From John Black, former Labor senator for Queensland, writing about Labor review of the recent election result:

We also agreed that the voting blocs that stood to gain the most from the spending policies of the Labor campaign — think parents of kids in public schools who stood to get a large slice of an extra $14bn in spending on schools — simply did not think more spending solved their problems, or didn’t believe it would be delivered.

The parents weren’t gonna get the money. Na ha. The State and Territory Departments of Education were gonna get the money to first fund their bureaucracy, and if anything was left, to go to the schools to be spent how the Departments want and not how the parents want.

If only the Labor Party (or any other party) actually proposed to give education monies directly to parents, by way of voucher or other, then perhaps things might have been different. If only.

But much like Australian health policy is about the production and management of doctors, nurses and pharmacists, Australian education policy is about the production and management of teachers. Patients, parents and students are incidental, and in many cases a distraction from the essential objective of the growth and expansion of the number of teachers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and of course public servant administrators to oversee them.

When was the last time a politician spoke of patients, parents, students or citizens? Think about that when our political overlords talk about the need to fund schools, hospitals and roads.

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19 Responses to If only

  1. Roger

    When was the last time a politician spoke of patients, parents, students or citizens? Think about that when our political overlords talk about the need to fund schools, hospitals and roads.

    Hear! Hear!

  2. Tim Neilson

    simply did not think more spending solved their problems, or didn’t believe it would be delivered.

    That, if true, would be a very positive development.

  3. Karabar

    Seventy years ago we laughed at the Trabant and the Lada.
    Why did those fools in the Eastern Block think that the government could build cars?
    But the joke was on us. We thought the government could educate children.
    And we thought they could administer health services.
    We would have been far better off to leave those services to the private sector and occupied the government with trying to build cars!

  4. stackja

    Karabar
    #3211820, posted on November 14, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Gough came and delivered.

  5. Roger

    simply did not think more spending solved their problems, or didn’t believe it would be delivered.

    That, if true, would be a very positive development.

    A single mother with a child in a state school in outer surburban Brisbane was interviewed by The Australian, iirc, prior to the election as part of an article canvassing voter opinions. She said while she might seem to be the traditional Labor voter she was going to vote Liberal because Shorten was making aking too many irresponsible promises.

  6. Dr Fred Lenin

    Spending taxpayers money on more public employees is the game ,a larger department makes the little career politician into an important man in the eyes of his peers ,a big jump up from the law practice above the fish and vhip shop in High street .

  7. Teacher unions and teachers would have done well out of a Labor win.

  8. 2dogs

    We keep creating problems with our education system with the over-promotion of “soft skills”.

    It will start with someone saying that “the economy of the future” will require more soft skills, an assessment based on precisely zero actual analysis, but declared so as to produce the desired educational policy.

    We end up overflowing with a massive flow of “soft skills” trained workforce entrants that the economy just doesn’t have the jobs for.

  9. alans

    straight out of Yes Minister. The more you watch those old repeats the more history repeats itself with our governments of today. more fool us for putting up with the dross. most of them wouldn’t work in an iron lung and have little or no connection with the electorate they as supposed to serve.

  10. Dr Fred Lenin

    When was the last time the “workers party”had anyone who had ever had a worthwhile non government job amongst its leaders , be a long time ago .?

  11. mem

    Ah but it would have pleased the unions!and done nothing for educational standards. Remember school halls and how much money was wasted in that brain fart? the kids are less educated than they were 30 years ago. It’s not money that makes the difference. It is the quality of the teachers, the teaching methods and the educational curriculum. Ask any Indian student, they have a better grasp of English and mathematics than most of our kids.

  12. NuThink

    @karabar
    Seventy years ago we laughed at the Trabant and the Lada.

    IIRC the Trabant (affectionately the Trabby) was ahead of its time, and before Boeing, in using composite bodies. All metal was used in making weapons for border guards.
    When the wall came down West Germany was cheesed of with the number of Trabbys that were just dumped at the side of the Autobahns.
    There was also the old joke that they had heated rear windows to keep your hands warm whilst pushing.
    I read of one poor man who was sad when the wall came down as he had paid for his Trabby in full about 7 years before and it still had not been delivered.

    There was an old joke from (or about) the Soviet Union about a guy who goes to a Volga car dealership and says he wants a car. The sales person says “It will be 10,000 roubles now. It will be black. And will be delivered in ten years time on Monday the 2 February”.
    “Will that be in the morning or afternoon?”
    “Why does that concern you” said the salesman, “it is such a long way away”
    “Well”, he replied, “the plumber is coming in the afternoon.”

    Also I believe Lada was a disused Fiat factory from Italy which was sold at a knock down price (or given away) and shipped to the Soviet Union.

  13. Snoopy

    Also I believe Lada was a disused Fiat factory from Italy which was sold at a knock down price (or given away) and shipped to the Soviet Union.

    I understand the Fiat 124 factory was part of the a contra deal between Italy and the USSR. In return Italy received shit quality steel which was used to make the Fiats, Lancias and Alfas which rusted away on the showroom floor.

    The rest is history.

  14. Rafe Champion

    Thanks for the plumber story Nu!

  15. Entropy

    “Soft skills” is the education industry version of “green jobs”.

  16. Jannie

    Australian education is a wealth distribution system for underperforming lefties. Letting these people educate my children was a serious mistake, but I was too young to know better and didn’t seem to have a choice. Wtf, there is no choice. Just give them money and they take your kids to the Greta Thornburg school for aspiring idiots.

  17. V

    This whole thing just reminds me of Yes Minister’s episode about the most efficient hospital which had no patients.

  18. Mark A

    Snoopy
    #3212026, posted on November 14, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Also I believe Lada was a disused Fiat factory from Italy which was sold at a knock down price (or given away) and shipped to the Soviet Union.

    I understand the Fiat 124 factory was part of the a contra deal between Italy and the USSR. In return Italy received shit quality steel which was used to make the Fiats, Lancias and Alfas which rusted away on the showroom floor.

    Strangely, I see Lada-Fiats here on the road every day, must be 30 + years old and not a trace of rust.
    The ruskies must have sold all the rusting type steel to the Ities and kept the good stuff.

  19. Dr Fred Lenin

    Russian made , I had a Baikal shotgun years ago ,you could have buiried it in mud. Ran a T54 tamk regiment over it ,dug it out , ran it under the tap and fired it,thats how hood Russian steel was . I have been told you could do the same with an AK 57,greatest gun in history so simple an ape could fire it ,to prove that muslims and africans can use them .

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