Hey Jacqui. Put the bucket back on your head

This morning, TAFKAS was listening to the radio when he heard the Hon. (yes Hon.!!!) Jacquie Lambie hyperventilating again.  This time, she was rambling on about this sporting grants business and demanding that Bridget McKenzie, as the responsible Minister, resign over it.

TAFKAS’ message to Jacquie Lambie:

HEY CAT LADY.  Look in the mirror.

It seems that Senator Lambie is concerned that tax payer monies are allocated based on political rather than other criteria.  Rightly so.

The problem, however for Jacquie is that her entire purpose in political life is to get tax payer monies allocated based on political criteria that happen to benefit her constituents.

Is Senator Lambie concerned that monies were allocated inappropriately or because they weren’t allocated to Tasmania?

The problem?  She probably can’t see the hypocrisy.

Now TAFKAS does not approve of the allocation of funding for political purpose, but is that not the entire purpose of politics?  To reward your constituents?

TAFKAS’s preference is that the government be shrunk such that it does not have the funds or inclination to engage in such pork barreling however TAFKAS suspects he is in a minority on this.  And what size is small enough?  Small enough to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.

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56 Responses to Hey Jacqui. Put the bucket back on your head

  1. Fred

    I can’t get excited about sports grants.

    What the difference between a politician making an arbitrary decision and a bureaucrat making an arbitrary decision. Taxpayers are stuck with the same bill.

    The biggest scandal these days with sports grants is the sexist allocation of funding. You got a women’s or girls team? Have a few million dollars. Only have men’s teams? No grant for you.

  2. Mak Siccar

    If only if only … and make it a small bathtub of the size used for infants.

  3. Entropy

    the Hon. (yes Hon.!!!) Jacquie Lambie

    When was she a minister?

  4. C.L.

    I’ve semi-followed this story for a few days.
    I have no interest in defending the Liberals but I suspect the ‘impartial’ allotments prepared by the relevant government authority were deliberately tilted the other way.

  5. J.H.

    The Taxpool should be voluntary and not compulsory and until it is, the people who swarm to its warm delights will forever abuse their privilege….. It is human nature to do so.

  6. @Entropy

    When was she a minister?

    She’s a Senator. All Senator are The Hon. That includes every single Green senator.

  7. Roger

    The Taxpool should be voluntary and not compulsory and until it is, the people who swarm to its warm delights will forever abuse their privilege….. It is human nature to do so.

    No representation without taxation.

    That is, only net tax payers ought to have the franchise.

    …is that not the entire purpose of politics? To reward your constituents?

    If it is we’ve passed the Tocquevillean point of no return, budget surplus or not.

    One would like to think the purpose of politics is to represent rather than reward your constituents and serve the common good of the nation and its citizens.

  8. Beachcomber

    TAFKAS’s preference is that the government be shrunk such that it does not have the funds or inclination to engage in such pork barreling ……… .

    That is the nub of it! The money being doled out to “community groups” has been confiscated in one way or another from working citizens. The Government has no constitutional right or authority to be taxing and selectively spending in this way. But that is a concept utterly alien to the political-media-academia ruling establishment.

  9. Tom

    It’s literally hysterical that the media is reporting this gotcha story as if the LNP are filthy pork barrellers who invented that type of corruption. You’ll notice the guilty silence from large swathes of the ALP front bench because pork barrelling is a an Olympic-level specialty they drag out in the runup to EVERY election.

    The media is the de facto opposition (as it should be) only when the Right is in power. They’re totally incurious about corruption when leftwing governments are in power and the billion-dollar government behemoth (ABC) is the main offender.

  10. Beachcomber

    ………… we’ve passed the Tocquevillean point of no return,

    We are well past it. It is one of the main reasons Western Civilisation is in such rapid decline.

  11. Beachcomber

    C.L. at 1:05 pm

    I have no interest in defending the Liberals but I suspect the ‘impartial’ allotments prepared by the relevant government authority were deliberately tilted the other way.

    Yes, I think she has been set up by the Deep State, including the “Auditor”. That is very disturbing and worrying. But having watched her performance as a Minister regarding the MDBA etc., it difficult to have any particular sympathy for her.

  12. Tel

    Is Senator Lambie concerned that monies were allocated inappropriately or because they weren’t allocated to Tasmania?

    You have just discovered the elegance of an adversarial political system.

  13. John A

    And what size is small enough? Small enough to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.

    Or small enough to boil the bunny on the kitchen stove and compost the remains.

  14. Personally I’m against sporting grants. The US can fund Olympics teams without government grants.

    I’ve never quite understood what special return Australia gets from funding these so-called ‘elite’ athletes. They never seem to pay back anything and end up on commercial TV hosting sports, travel or home improvement programs.

    And every Olympics etc, we seem to send more officials to these events than athletes.

  15. Shy Ted

    Didn’t she get $130m+ of public housing debt wiped in a deal with ScoMo recently?

  16. Petros

    Something like that, Shy Ted, which a half decent journalist would have thrown back at her straight away.

  17. Something like that, Shy Ted, which a half decent journalist would have thrown back at her straight away.

    The interview was either on ABC or 2GB. Can’t tell the difference nowadays.

  18. jupes

    They’re totally incurious about corruption when leftwing governments are in power and the billion-dollar government behemoth (ABC) is the main offender.

    Yes, imagine if a prime minister donated tens of millions of tax-payer’s dollars to an arm of dodgy bros inc, then became chairman of that entity after leaving office.

    Nothing to see here, move along.

  19. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From bemused at 2:23 pm:

    ” …

    I’ve never quite understood what special return Australia gets from funding these so-called ‘elite’ athletes. They never seem to pay back anything and end up on commercial TV hosting sports, travel or home improvement programs.

    the special return is, for example:

    1. soft headed middle aged wymminses get to beam approvingly at Ian Thorpe and coo and coo to each other how lovely he is. The adulation is welcomed until he has a melt down and wants to be left alone, until he needs more adulation.

    2. dim witted teenage school girls follow their dream on the public purse, skipping that which they need most of all – school, so they can jump up and down by the pool and screech in four years time. In time they join the parade in the meat shop window, advertising for a thick headed footballer to live with – who eventually gives them a smack across the mouth and they and their fatherless brat end up on Newstart at 35.

    “And every Olympics etc, we seem to send more officials to these events than athletes.”

    The last time I saw the handsomely paid John Coates leaving an AOC/government funding meeting he walked as if he will need to be wheeled into the next Olympics. The wheelchair will be gifted by you and me, just like his salary has been since he was in his late 20s.

  20. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Senator Lambie – displaying, yet again, why members of the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police are described as carrying out “The maximum task for minimum minds.”

  21. Royal Australian Corps of Military Police

    They are also called elephant trackers.

  22. Richard

    I am surprised no-one has mentioned Ros Kelly and the Great Whiteboard Scandal (1994). What goes around comes around.

  23. Tel

    Yes, imagine if a prime minister donated tens of millions of tax-payer’s dollars to an arm of dodgy bros inc, then became chairman of that entity after leaving office.

    You mean like a Liberal Ambassador taking part in a dodgy scam to unseat an elected US President?

    Or like a Liberal Foreign Minister sending money to the Clinton Foundation?

    Or a Liberal Prime Minister helping out his son with those “Green” investments?

    Oh yeah … the optics of those situations might not loos so good … except wait, there won’t be any optics because it ain’t gonna get reported.

  24. Des Deskperson

    CL: ‘I suspect the ‘impartial’ allotments prepared by the relevant government authority were deliberately tilted the other way.

    Beachcomber: Yes, I think she has been set up by the Deep State, including the “Auditor”. ‘

    If so, then the ‘Deep State’ has been extremely clever and the Minister and her office extraordinarily stupid. At the risk of over-simplification:

    according to the ANAO Report, Sport Australia gave appropriate advice to the Minister on the assessed overall merits of each eligible application for a grant, using the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program’s three published criteria:

    the Report recommended that the Commission needed to strengthen its assessment records for grant programs by concisely recording the reasons for the assessment scores that it awarded. And while merit can be ‘fine tuned’, there is no evidence, however, that the assessments were ’tilted the other way’ toward Labor electorates:

    The CEO of the Sport Commission at the time was one Kate Palmer, a former netballer. She was appointed by the Coalition in 2017. There is no evidence that she is any sort of ‘Deep State’ stooge:

    The Minister’s Office set up an alternative assessment process. This process drew upon considerations other than the assessment criteria, such as project locations including Coalition ‘marginal’ electorates and ‘targeted’ electorates. A significant number of approved grants were not on the lists endorsed or recommend by the Sports Commission.

    So prima facie a blatant rort. The only outstanding issue I can see is the extent to which the Minister – as opposed to her office – was actually aware of and involved in it.

  25. Cui Bono

    Des…the extent she was aware? Soaking in it to be sure

  26. mem

    Is Senator Lambie concerned that monies were allocated inappropriately or because they weren’t allocated to Tasmania?

    Yes to the latter. (Beware of putting two different questions in the one sentence. It could strangulate the answer).

  27. Beachcomber

    Des Deskperson at 4:37 pm

    So prima facie a blatant rort.

    Yeah, maybe so. The main point is that this process of monetary “indulgences” to the “community” should not be a proper function of the Government. Of course it will be rorted, as is every other such process of “indulgence”.

  28. Michael

    Entropy is right and TAFKAS is wrong. Not all MPs and Senators are “the Hon”. Mainly only Ministers and holders of certain esteemed positions. Not-so-humble backbenchers fron Tasmania don’t qualify.

  29. Roger

    So prima facie a blatant rort. The only outstanding issue I can see is the extent to which the Minister – as opposed to her office – was actually aware of and involved in it.

    If she didn’t know what does that say about her oversight of her staff?

    Be that as it may, looks like the government could be facing a class action from clubs who submitted applications but missed out on funding.

    Which brings us to the question

    When did it become the responsibility of government to fund sporting clubs?

  30. jupes

    Or like a Liberal Foreign Minister sending money to the Clinton Foundation?

    One of those Liberal Foreign Ministers might – just might – be in a spot of bother when John C. Durham hands down his report.

    We can only hope.

  31. C.L.

    according to the ANAO Report, Sport Australia gave appropriate advice to the Minister on the assessed overall merits of each eligible application for a grant …

    According to government leftists, other government leftists gave appropriate advice.

    The CEO of the Sport Commission at the time was one Kate Palmer, a former netballer.

    That’s reassuring.

  32. jupes

    But yes Tel, the Libs are just as corrupt as the Liars.

    When the left recommend “a pox on both their houses”, it’s because they have been caught out. When the right does it, it’s because it’s true.

  33. Beachcomber

    Des Deskperson at 4:37 pm

    Sport Australia gave appropriate advice to the Minister on the assessed overall merits of each eligible application for a grant, using the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program’s three published criteria: etc. etc.

    The CEO of the Sport Commission at the time was one Kate Palmer, a former netballer. She was appointed by the Coalition in 2017.

    None of these non-constitutional Government structures, overpaid positions and elaborate, expensive and bloated processes should even exist. They couldn’t be rorted then.

  34. Beachcomber

    Roger at 4:56 pm

    When did it become the responsibility of government to fund sporting clubs?

    A question that the establishment media would never think of asking. It was at some time when we had passed the “Tocquevillean point of no return”.

  35. Roger

    It was at some time when we had passed the “Tocquevillean point of no return”.

    Strap yourselves in folks; this ride could get ugly.

  36. If you add all the people funded by taxpayer dollars involved in sport, such as the AIS, and other non-productive activities like the arts (therefore effectively employed by government), I wonder how big our public service truly is?

  37. Des Deskperson

    ‘Des…the extent she was aware? Soaking in it to be sure’

    A valid assumption, it’s just that the ANOA report, at least as far as I have gone into it, cautiously leaves open the question of the extent to which the Minister who signed of on the grants was aware of or involved in the skewed assessment process.

    In any case, it’s academic. Ministerial staff have no defined legal roles and responsibilities. They are for all practical purposes unaccountable. The buck, as they say, stops with the Minister.

    ‘According to government leftists, other government leftists gave appropriate advice.’

    What evidence do you have that the Auditor-General is a leftist. Grant Hehir has spent most of his senior career working for coalition governments. Even if he hadn’t, I have no reason to doubt his independence and professionalism.

    “The CEO of the Sport Commission at the time was one Kate Palmer, a former netballer.

    That’s reassuring.”

    Well, she’s unlikely to be a of the ‘Deep State’, is she?. The idea that her advisers, and the APS in general, is full of Marxists undermining the Coalition and persecuting conservatives is a fantasy.

  38. Des Deskperson

    ‘I am surprised no-one has mentioned Ros Kelly and the Great Whiteboard Scandal (1994). What goes around comes around.’

    The Whiteboard scandal involved grants totalling $30 million. Allowing for inflation, thats $56 million today. Still not quite in McKenzie’s $100 million league

  39. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    The CEO of the Sport Commission at the time was one Kate Palmer, a former netballer. She was appointed by the Coalition in 2017. There is no evidence that she is any sort of ‘Deep State’ stooge

    Well, except for everything you’ve written about the dunderheaded mediocrity prior to “There is no evidence blah blah blah …”.

  40. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    BTW, there is nothing honourable about the stupid slag from Taxmania.

    Only some of them are referred to as (e.g.) “Sen the Hon Cockheaded Tax Hoovering Imbecile”.

  41. Sydney Boy

    Could you imagine if the government spent $1B on a socialist left media organisation – or even $6M on another? (Anyone checked out The Conversation recently?)

  42. Roger

    Anyone checked out The Conversation recently?

    Yes; David Littleproud’s department is the only Commonwealth deparment that directly funds it (as opposed to their generous indirect govcrnment funding through universities).

    I’ve written to him to ask why. No response.

    Your tax dollars at work, comrades.

  43. Lambie is not Honourable ie she is not entitled to that title.
    In federal parliament it’s reserved for those who serve on the Executive Council. Crossbench senators (including Greens) never do.

  44. Buccaneer

    I read a stat that suggested 37% of funds went to 28% of Electorates ( the marginal ones in question) this is hardly scandal territory.

  45. Siltstone

    The Whiteboard scandal involved grants totalling $30 million. Allowing for inflation, thats $56 million today. Still not quite in McKenzie’s $100 million league

    Classic. Wasting $56M of taxpayers money is minor league. Perhaps not to the people who are net tax payers.

  46. Michael

    My preference is for grants given to elite sportspeople to be treated the same as HECS/HELP is for those of us who don’t play sport at the highest level: to be repaid over time. I’m particularly reminded of this around this time of year when I think of the taxpayer funding which has been granted to people like Tomic and Kyrgios. Especially when grants are given under the guise of national representation, when in actual fact, Tomic and Kyrgios represent themselves

  47. Professor Fred Lenin

    So you get grants and subsidies from the taxpayer for years ,as you mature you are improving till you get in the top league , the money pours in so you move your self overseas so you dont have to pay high taxes here in Australia ,well done ,take ,take, take ,bugger paying back

  48. Lambie is not Honourable ie she is not entitled to that title.

    TAFKAS stands corrected.

  49. take ,take, take ,bugger paying back

    That’s about it. Though their supporters insist that they sacrifice themselves to represent Australia and look at how they are role models for young children.

    Does anyone really think some self-centred git like Kyrgios or the recent Australian Olympics swimming team (who partied instead of competed) are role models?

  50. Entropy

    Des Deskperson
    #3296971, posted on January 19, 2020 at 5:58 pm
    ‘I am surprised no-one has mentioned Ros Kelly and the Great Whiteboard Scandal (1994). What goes around comes around.’

    The Whiteboard scandal involved grants totalling $30 million. Allowing for inflation, thats $56 million today. Still not quite in McKenzie’s $100 million league

    The fascinating thing is these narcissists are ignorant of history, in a very paralll case no less, and think the rules don’t apply to them. And the depressing thing is the slimy little toad in the Minister’s office will get away with it in the long run and end up representing some rotten borough somewhere.
    The Minisier of course is damaged goods, which it is theoretically possible an inside job, given I don’t think she is a Photios type.

    I also admit that because of the history of Ros’s whiteboard exposé, and as a consequence the ALP falsely accused the Coalition the time grants were made to dairy communities about 20 years ago (of course they were national party seats) I was originally discounting the story. But these details show it is the same as Ros Kelly’s whiteboard. Uniparty at work.

    Which shows what dickheads the MO is. They should have got the department to assess a little differently😉

  51. old bloke

    Ros Kelly’s whiteboard redux.

  52. Kneel

    ” All Senator are The Hon.”

    Debatable that they are honourable.
    All are, of course, members.

  53. shatterzzz

    Wouldn’t it be simpler for the minister to tell the grants board who she wants to give our money too? Save all this approved/not approved democracy-type spin!

  54. shatterzzz

    Wouldn’t it be simpler for the minister to tell the grants board who she wants to give our money too? Save all this approved/not approved democracy-type spin!
    At least Scotty from Marketing’s local fitba club got 200 grand .. gotta keep the boss happy LOL!

  55. 1735099

    I am surprised no-one has mentioned Ros Kelly and the Great Whiteboard Scandal (1994). What goes around comes around.

    Probably not mentioned because she had the grace to resign….

  56. Tator

    When looking at rorts, I am wondering why nobody has run a forensic accounting look over the BER scam and check the books of the managing contractors and see how much they forked over to union slush funds in fees as illustrated as common practice during the TURC. Considering that they cost triple the business as usual costs and every ALP state government insisted on unionised companies to do the work and no one got rich and several builders went broke even after this shows the money wasn’t going into profits. Reckon there could be a lazy billion sitting around in such funds supporting the union officials and friends.

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