Whenever I think about the growth of the administrative state, I am reminded of the brilliant BBC government documentary series – Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. In particular the episode – A Compassionate Society.
In this episode, the Minister visits a recently opened hospital. It has 500 administrators but no patients, no doctors, no nurses. The chief administrator does not want to take patients because it would affect the hospital’s efficiency and reduce the life of equipment.
No patients. No doctors. No nurses. Sounds like the Commonwealth Department of Health.
I will leave it to others section to make comment on the contribution of the Union delegate.