Oh Can-Berr-Ahhhhh

From Spectator Au:

Today, the population of the ACT is approximately 420,000 persons. The working age population, aged 20 to 65, is approximately 260,000. The number of people employed in is approximately 235,000. Almost one in two people working in the ACT work for the government with the number of public sector employees approximately 103,000. Most likely, a significant proportion of the rest work for organisations supplying or advising government. 

While the national unemployment rate as at October 2020 was 7.0%, it was a meagre 3.9% in the ACT. Notable is that the national 7.0% is artificially suppressed by government programs such as JobKeeper and bankruptcy law changes, and is only likely to increase in the near term. The ACT rate, on the other hand, is not likely to increase. 

Average weekly earnings across Australia are $1,713 yet the average weekly earnings in the ACT are $1,861, the highest average across all Australian states and territories. Greater than NSW ($1,749). Greater than Victoria ($1,709).  

If there was actual production in the ACT, this might be a case study to promote the socialisation of the means of production.

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They speak of diversity but do not live it. Yes. Perhaps they have some diversity of skin colour, genital plumbing and gender pronouns, but very limited evidence of cognitive diversity.

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If Australia is to survive and prosper, we need to close down Canberra. Just shut it down and send the departments and public servants to the four winds. Let the buildings remain empty as a monument to remind us of the costly errors made. As Oliver Wendell Holmes presciently wrote, three generations of imbeciles is enough. 

Read for yourself ….

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26 Responses to Oh Can-Berr-Ahhhhh

  1. stackja

    Melbourne was first. Corowa was to be second.

  2. H B Bear

    Canberra is the single greatest error of our nation.

  3. Rusty of Qld

    The greatest mistake ever made by our grandiose leaders was the the siting and building of Canberra.They should have flipped a coin and built the federal parliament on the west side of Sydney or the north side of Melbourne.

  4. Dot

    Not only was Canberra a mistake, perhaps Federation was a misstep.

    A confederation, rather than a federation, might have been better.

  5. stackja

    Canberra was inspired by Wash DC.

  6. Eyrie

    Sell it to the Chinese as a theme park.

    Grandiose capital cities with only that purpose are a sign of an emerging country unsure of its place in the world.
    Vigorous cultures just get on with business.

  7. David

    That was a big blue The ACT I totally agree with this writer close it down

  8. Old School Conservative

    If we get rid of Canberra, where will we put all surplus roundabouts?

  9. Roger

    Grandiose capital cities with only that purpose are a sign of an emerging country unsure of its place in the world.

    I’ve seen the original drawings from the competition to design the city. Burley-Griffin’s plan was rather modest by comparison with most, especially the art nouveau inspired Finnish design which was originally selected by the majority of the committee. Which is just as well, as the Commonwealth soon ran short of funds to build it according to the architect’s design. Things have only been down hill since then.

  10. Scernus

    Think about it a bit more.
    If you shut down Canberra, then all of those Lefties will infect the rest of the country. Keep it as the quarantine station; but make sure it remains a Territory, lest it bugger up the Senate even more.

  11. Matt

    Average weekly earnings doesn’t tell the whole story. What about retirement benefits and security of tenure? Price these in and people in Canberra are probably paid 50% more.

  12. PoliticoNT

    I am doing my best to exit the (federal) public service but it is a lot harder than it seems. I’m with Defence. Most jobs on offer are in contracting – back into Defence. Which is a slightly better paid, slightly less shit version of what I’m currently doing. Or perhaps that should be, ‘not doing’ – the public service being adept at preventing staff from doing anything substantial as so often this ends up being inconvenient for our higher ups.

  13. Petros

    I think avoiding having a primate city in this country was a good idea. Leftists trying to take over and undermining the country would happen regardless if we had Canberra or not.

  14. PoliticoNT

    Rusty – re your previous – Melbourne has been basically scratching around for some relevance ever since it lost national capital status. Witness any COAG meeting when the Victorian delegation always present as a government in waiting, and 3-4 times the size of any other group in attendance.

  15. H B Bear

    Melbourne still thinks it should have been the national capital. Sydney labours under the misapprehension it is. I’m quite happy not to live in either, although I quite liked Melbournibad pre-Dan.

  16. duncanm

    Almost one in two people working in the ACT work for the government

    No, they work for the Australian people.

    They forget that.

  17. All aboard the Gravy train express …. First stop Canberra …. Ist class tickets now available to eligible Comrades . 2nd class citizens and other’s need not apply.

  18. Ian of Brisbane

    Canberra, a good sheep station spoilt.

  19. sfw

    Yep as sheep country the area would be worth more to Australia than the festering sore it is.

  20. Professor Fred Lenin

    I would move departments to more relevant locations ,
    Defence to Rockhampton ,foreign affairs to Darwin Aboriginal dept to Bourke ,treasury to Perth transport to Woomera Immigration to west Sydney ,justice to Melbourne ,High Court to Cooktown etc etc . The amalgamate what was left of Canberra into Queanbeyan Shire ans abolish Canberra Town Council ,also abolish Northern Territory zshire Council . Nice nit of decenralisation and distribution pf taxpayers money .

  21. Petros

    I agree, Fred, but if Melbourne or Sydney were the capital then all those departments would be placed there. Argentina 2.0

  22. H B Bear

    Des, want to take a stab at what the Canberra allowance and relocation allowance has cost over the years?

  23. Nob

    Matt, you forgot that most of the buggers retire early and infest the southern nsw coast.

  24. Squirrel

    The problem is, of course, more about bureaucracy itself rather than where the bureaucracy is located.

    The cluelessness of the RBA and the all-too-common arrogance and incompetence of state and local government bureaucracies underline the point that being located close(r) to the “real world” does not stop bureaucrats from thinking and acting like bureaucrats.

    The best hope for the Canberra problem is that the virus-induced outbreak of states’ rights parochialism will see some genuine devolution and elimination of bureaucratic duplication in the areas which the Constitution left with the states at federation. That, combined with the inevitable need to curtail government spending – when we eventually stop pretending that money is free and debt doesn’t matter – should see some taming of the Canberra beast.

  25. Entropy

    The cluelessness of the RBA and the all-too-common arrogance and incompetence of state and local government bureaucracies underline the point that being located close(r) to the “real world” does not stop bureaucrats from thinking and acting like bureaucrats.

    True, yet Canberra is even further from the coal face. Do you really want those local and state functions conducted by a third generation Canberra resident APS employee?

    The best hope for the Canberra problem is that the virus-induced outbreak of states’ rights parochialism will see some genuine devolution and elimination of bureaucratic duplication in the areas which the Constitution left with the states at federation. That, combined with the inevitable need to curtail government spending – when we eventually stop pretending that money is free and debt doesn’t matter – should see some taming of the Canberra beast.

    Not happening. In fact it is rapidly accelerating in the opposite direction. Scotty has broken out the fire hose and it is spraying massive amounts of our grandchildren’s money at a myriad of programs, many of which have been operated by the states in the past, or worse, many of which are currently delivered by the states and the feds are just adding additional programs on top. Highly duplicative, but with higher pay, more money, less knowledge, and less on the ground connections.

  26. Petros

    Thanks Squirrel. Spot on IMHO.

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