Well meaning

How much do good intentions cost?  Well,  our friends in Victoria have shown, such  intentions costs (so far) billions of dollars, (so far) tens of thousands of jobs and (so far) dozens of lives.  The economic and social carnage to follow can be added, but can’t yet be accounted for.  But accountability is priceless.

From the AGE:

… as evidence mounts that the decision to use private security guards at Melbourne’s quarantine hotels was partly driven by a well-meaning attempt to provide jobs under “social inclusion” policies.

Why the Age describes these policies as “well meaning” is not clear because it was not well meaning for the citizens and tax payers of Victoria, but notwithstanding.  Maybe under such well meaning policies, school teachers should be selected based on “social inclusion”.  How about surgeons be allocated based on “social inclusion”.  Hey.  Why not allocate Departmental Secretary jobs based on “social inclusion”.

This is the utopia of public policy and intellectual elite where people are appointed by their ranking on the intersectionality pyramid, except of course the positions held by these same public policy and intellectual elite.

The only jobs thus far that don’t appear to have been affected is those of the people who mismanaged this and came up with this “well meaning” policy, but some animals are more equal than others.

But it gets better.  Unified Security is the group that provided this important service:

As an Indigenous-owned company, Unified satisfies the government’s criteria for contracts under its social inclusion procurement policy. It won the security contract for Metro Trains last year and specifically referred to its Brotherhood of St Laurence partnership in briefing documents supplied to government.

but

The appointment of Unified proved controversial because, unlike Wilson and MSS, it was not on the government’s preferred panel of security suppliers. Despite this, Unified ended up doing the bulk of the hotel quarantine work. All three companies had to rely on sub-contractors to supply their guards – some of whom were recruited via WhatsApp messages – at short notice.

Controversial.  That’s a nice choice of words.

This beggars the question.  Did the people who managed the Pink Bats and School Halls program relocate to the Victorian public service?  Did former members of the Rudd Government consult on the design of this program?

According to the Age:

Mr (Premier) Andrews declared a state of disaster recently when Melbourne was moved onto stage four restrictions.

But the rest of us know better.  It’s more like a disaster state.

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26 Responses to Well meaning

  1. nb

    Immortal: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

  2. Anonandon

    Mr Andrews will (eventually) be held to account. Plus ca change….

  3. Roger

    As an Indigenous-owned company, Unified satisfies the government’s criteria for contracts under its social inclusion procurement policy.

    The Defence department also hands out supply contracts to indigenous owned forms according to a quota system. I understand the quota is set to rise. I suspect other Commonwealth departments have similar quotas in place. A firm connected with Adam Goodes is a large beneficiary of this system.

    I’m not suggesting the firms engaged by these means are necessarily incompetent, but it leads to several questions, the most basic of which is what is the rationale for preferential treatment of businesses based on the ethnicity of their owners? Given that they are business owners, they can hardly be classified as disadvantaged.

  4. Robbo

    A whole lot of questions remain unanswered about this disgraceful debacle. The damage that has followed has affected more than Victoria, it has ploughed a deep hole into the economy of the nation. Daniel Andrews and his gaggle of misfits who pose as Ministers are about as low as you can go in sensible competent decision making. In the Andrews world you make decisions on the run and hope they might work. The result is exactly what anyone with brains would expect, a bloody awful mess. I watch Andrews daily pressers with morbid interest. He seems to have acquired the look of the bloke in the death cell waiting for his appointment with the executioner. Most Victorians by now will be hoping that his departure from the Premier’s office and Parliament House happens soon. What Victoria needs is a new government and it doesn’t matter what Party forms it as long as they know right from wrong and allow genuine experts to manage the handling of the Chinese virus. So that rules out the Labor Party and hopefully rul[es them out for a very long time. They have done more damage than we might ever know.

  5. wal1957

    A prime example of what can happen when you employ people based on quotas rather than their skill levels and expertise.
    Well done to the PC SJW crowd that has infected society!
    Intellectually and morally bankrupt a$$wipes!

  6. Sean

    My local clairvoyant works really hard…doesn’t mean they have any clue what they are doing. But if they were Premier of Victoria they would get plenty of praise from the ABC

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Left is very big on good intentions, or at least they make like that is the case.
    Weirdly the outcomes seem to be almost exactly the opposite of what they say.
    Our Aboriginal friends have suffered exactly this for generations at the hands of the Left.
    The removal of the domestic violence reduction target from the Closing the Gap review is so telling.

  8. shady

    I’m calling it now. Andrews will quit parliament as soon as he can and use the excuse that what he has been through has been so stressful for him and his family.

  9. Lee

    The Left is very big on good intentions, or at least they make like that is the case.

    The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

  10. Stanley

    “Of course, people don’t just become excellent security guards overnight. They aren’t born for the role, or grown in a lab—they’re trained.” Source: Unified Security website.

  11. candy

    I’m more inclined to place blame on the Victorian Chief Medical Officer and the Minister for Health.

    No attention to detail. Surely there is a manual somewhere on pandemics and quarantining the Sutton fellow could have looked up and read about proper quarantining procedures and the vital issues such as proper training for staff.
    Not sure if Premier Andrews can be held responsible re these very particular infectious disease issues, and should be able to rely on the CMO.

  12. Iampeter

    How much do good intentions cost? Well, our friends in Victoria have shown, such intentions costs (so far) billions of dollars, (so far) tens of thousands of jobs and (so far) dozens of lives. The economic and social carnage to follow can be added, but can’t yet be accounted for.

    Yea but are you disagreeing with the idea that individuals should be sacrificed for something greater than themselves?
    The Vic government is only acting in line with the dominant moral standards of our time.

    This beggars the question. Did the people who managed the Pink Bats and School Halls program relocate to the Victorian public service? Did former members of the Rudd Government consult on the design of this program?

    Why? They’re not as bad as the ones who gave us the Climate Office, the RET, middle class welfare, gun buy-backs, etc. Better question is to get a tab on those former Howard Government peoples.

  13. mem

    What does indigenous owned mean? Are all its directors/Board members Aboriginal? Are all its staff Aboriginal? Sounds to me like a company set up to jump the contract process avoid tax (i’ts a registered charity) and cream the dollars. I could be wrong of course but something very dodgy here. So where does its money really go? Also I would guess it is employing new migrants with little English mostly from India and Africa and not employing many Australian Aboriginals at all. Does anyone know?

  14. Rex Anger

    The Vic government is only acting in line with the dominant moral standards of our time.

    Lolwut, IamCognitiveDissonance?

    Why? They’re not as bad as the ones who gave us the Climate Office, the RET, middle class welfare, gun buy-backs, etc. Better question is to get a tab on those former Howard Government peoples.

    IamChairmanDan’sSidepiece declares actual leftists are not as bad as other ‘leftists.’ Another mindless attack on the people he doesn’t really like, utterly unrelated to the matter at hand.

    God bless you, little trolly-kins… 🥰

  15. Mustapha Bunn

    Don’t know about “security” companies but every service station I visit is staffed by new arrivals and has been for years.Not like the old days when my kids worked the pumps part time after school.

  16. Roger

    Don’t know about “security” companies but every service station I visit is staffed by new arrivals and has been for years.

    This is the game:

    Buy an interest in a service station (or a 7/11 etc.) with a partner of your ethnicity (and probably related) already established here and get a visa to enter the country. Employ staff of your ethnicity on lower than award wages and conditions who are desperate for the work so they won’t complain. Apply for citizenship after two years and then sponsor your relatives and buy another service station with them. And so on.

  17. H B Bear

    I doubt Chairman Dan has taken a “ well meaning” decision for decades. Every one is war gamed with room fulls of pimply Latrobe pol sci graduates and his union overlords. Despite this, they are usually wrong because he is surrounded by apparatchiks and clones of himself who have never spent a single day in the real world or worked outside government.

  18. Sean

    Surely the CEO’s of the big companies in Aus are talking amongst themselves about how Andrews is an incompetent fool who needs to go.

    1 million out of work for woke crap. The paradigm of ‘Social inclusion Dan’ has failed.

  19. Mustapha Bunn

    Roger @ 11.53 am,yes I had worked that out.During the initial 10 week lockdown in the suburb of Melbourne that I live in there were people ‘ sanitising door handles,traffic light buttons etc. Without exception they were recent arrivals. My ex nurse, 35 years experience ,wife did say that it was all a waste of time then and funnily enough they disappeared after the first lockdown. But I’ll bet someone somewhere made a shed load of money from that scam.

  20. Tim Neilson

    mem
    #3541261, posted on August 9, 2020 at 11:33 am

    As I understand it, the game is to have an indigenous owned and controlled entity as the front, and when that entity gets the contract cuz “fairness” it just subcontracts all the work to the real players, paying the subbie about 99% of the contract price. That means that the indigenous people involved with the front entity get to clip the ticket for 1% without having to do anything. Just another form of sit-down money.

    Not sure whether that’s what happened here, but it looks like it.

  21. Speedbox

    Every level of Government has a policy requirement imposed on the procurement department under ‘Local Benefits’ and ‘Social Benefits’.

    Local Benefits are self-evident, namely to try, wherever possible, to source supply of various goods/services from within a defined geographic radius of the project requiring those goods/services. The radius will vary depending on whether it is Local, State or Federal Government procurement but the general principal holds. Remember, this is policy and the procurement officer must offer up compelling reasons why that procurement should be sourced outside the defined radius when there is a local supplier within the radius. Generally, price alone is not sufficient.

    Social Benefits is a different animal and those who are clued-in can gain an advantage regardless of their location. The policy enforcement of Social Benefits has been much slower than Local Benefits but it is very real and is definitely gaining ground. A business known as Supply Nation act as an ‘aggregator’ with memberships available. For its part, Supply Nation is a genuine and predominately indigenous business who are becoming increasingly adept at inserting themselves into Government procurement decisions.

    Membership to Supply Nation is free to those who have an indigenous person in the business ownership structure (50%) but, for those that don’t, membership can be purchased. Some companies utilise Supply Nation to promote their ‘credentials’ but don’t have a single indigenous person in their ownership or management.

    In any event, coupled with the Local Benefits requirement, a business can create a near irresistible compulsion to be selected (regardless of price). As we have seen in Victoria, a business was selected who weren’t even on the preferred panel. This aspect will cause big internal issues that many will try to brush away – it just depends on whether the probity officers are public servants or independent contractors.

    I can say, without fear of contradiction, that procurement processes are rapidly changing and Governments are increasingly abandoning price and even capability (!) over Local Benefit and Social Benefits compliance by tenderers.

  22. John A

    Anonandon #3541153, posted on August 9, 2020, at 10:00 am

    Mr Andrews will (eventually) be held to account. Plus ca change….

    PS mantra: “Don’t believe any rumour until it has been officially denied.”
    Corollary: If Mr Andrews ‘accepts full responsibility’ you can bet your house on him not resigning.

  23. Papachango

    @Speedbox

    Most big private sector procurement organisations have a similar social procurement policy. But they wouldn’t dream of putting critical supply chains at risk; rather they will fulfill their supply nation quota with token, non-critical purchases such as stationery, bottled water, catering etc.

    One place even fulfilled their RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan, all companies with a good PR dept have one of these) spend commitment by purchasing indigenous artwork for their foyers, another by getting an indigenous caterer and an elder to do their smoking ceremony at their RAP launch event.

    Gives the the HR, internal comms types something to do I guess…

  24. entropy

    I can say, without fear of contradiction, that procurement processes are rapidly changing and Governments are increasingly abandoning price and even capability (!) over Local Benefit and Social Benefits compliance by tenderers.

    apart from the desire to be woke, the other issue here is that increasingly in agencies there is little actual content knowledge in the area anymore.

    The public servants “might” know a lot about procedures, process and contract management, but next to nothing about the subject. Content knowledge is a threat to those without it, so better not to recruit those types. So the strategy is to contract knowledge in when you need it (only occasionally apparently) but of course the major consultancies are just like the public service, they just contract in the content knowledge from a suite of ageing consulates they have on their registers.

    Eventually no one will know anything about anything but the importance of contracts and contract management.

  25. Kneel

    “I’m more inclined to place blame on the Victorian Chief Medical Officer…”

    No Candy, definitely not.
    Elected officials are supposed to take advice from experts, not orders.
    They are supposed to weigh all factors, not just one tiny sliver.
    They are supposed to make the hard choices, not hand control to whoever they can sucker into taking the blame when things go south.

    Still, that would take a spine, and these jellyfish don’t have one. Yes jellyfish – Portuguese Man of War ones; toxic, brainless lumps, drifting around looking for a free lunch.

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