Australians want bold government, not shrinking violets
according to Terry Moran.
Moran was Kevin Rudds hand picked head of the Department of
Prime Minister and Cabinet. Prior to that he was head of the
Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet under then Victorian
Having been a career public servant, it is not surprising that,
as a hammer, everything is a nail to him. But having been in
the room for pink batts, $900 cheques, school halls, dismantling of
Howard government border policies, free lap tops, NBN and the rest,
perhaps a bit of reflection and modesty might be warranted.
Maybe not all Australians, like Catallaxians, would prefer much
much smaller government. But indubitably, all Australians
would prefer competent government. In the real world,
competence needs to be demonstrated before boldness is
But according to Moran:
The economists need to step back and reflect. It is their
ideological commitment to micro-economics above all which has
created a big gap between the community and government. To solve
our problems we need more creative ideas about communities from
sociology, psychology and anthropology as well as a better
understanding of our history.
You gotta love it. To solve the problems caused by
government, we need more government. Another principle from
on Swanenomics perhaps? But not just more government but
Pink batts, $900 cheques, school halls, dismantling of Howard
government border policies, free lap tops, NBN. Creative
government in action. Thanks Terry.
But it gets better. According to Moran:
While there is a critical strategic role for consultants, at a
lower level they are just being overused: often engaged at the
wrong organisational level and for work the public sector is better
placed to deliver.
Very interesting given that Moran is a Special
Advisor on Public Sector Reform to The Boston Consulting
Group. You know, the Boston Consulting Group which is a
very large provider of advisory services to governments.
Great advice from some who is probably on a nice retainer all while
probably getting a fairly large tax payer funded defined benefit
pension. Now thats creative.
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