Sunday, November 29, 2009

Two of the likely candidates Tuesday are competent public administrators

The third is Joe Hockey

As Workplace Minister he oversaw a system that couldn't even tell employers what they had to pay...

He spent $585,000 a day promoting at "fairness test" that at the time wasn't being applied...

He commissioned economic modelling with terms of reference so rigged it was never released,

He said young people were perfectly capable of negotiating pay with their employers, but repeatedly refused to appear in front of an audience of them to defend the claim...

As Human Services Minister in charge of a $1 billion plus information technology project he eschewed a pilot program declaring pilots were “for planes, not for technology"...

He called for tenders for two IT projects each worth hundreds of millions of dollars ahead of submitting the legislation to parliament (a process that caught the attention of the Audit Office) and spent $3 million advertising the program before it had Senate approval (which it never got)...

As Shadow Treasurer his record has been mixed.

But as an alternative Prime Minister?

I suppose it would be okay to put him up if there was little risk of him getting his fingers near the levers of power.

Perhaps that's the idea.


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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Trouble is, the Lib's talent pool is only skin deep. there is Turnbull and. . .?

GhostWhoVotes said...

Peter, there is a problem with the 8th link 'ahead of submitting the legislation to parliament'. The correct link is http://petermartin.blogspot.com/2007/05/how-out-government-treats-our.html

Peter Martin said...

Dear Ghost, You're a wonder. Thanks so much.

I've fixed it.

jude said...

Yes, funny how people forget the bad things, just like they've forgotten the bad things about Turnbull. They mentioned on Insiders this morning that Hockey's the Beazley of the Liberal Party. Well your article confirms that: fat, likeable and totally lacking content.

Roger Wegener said...

True Peter. And with Malcolm gone and Abbott and Minchin running an extreme rightwing agenda - the Doctor's wives will probably re-surface in North Sydney - making his seat not quite so safe anymore.

Marek said...

Who are the 2 competent pubic administrators meant to be?

Turnbulls experience is all in the private sector. And didn't the medicare safety rort, sorry net, come in under Abbott?

Adam S said...

The Libs are very thin, agreed there. But it aint like Labor aren't either. They've got an empty suit populist for a leader (aren't they all?) and who else? When in opposition a few different people were tried and found wanting (a pity, I actually rather liked Beazley). Some of them are quite competent managers of their portfolios, but leadership material, not so much.

The Coalition are a rabble at the moment and are looking at another rout at the next Federal election, unless a scandal on a Whitlamesque scale emerges. If I were Malcolm Turnbull, I wouldn't want any part of that.

KitchenSlut said...

To be fair to Hockey he was thrown into Workchoices to try and politically salvage something in 2007 prior to the election. It was the baby of Kevin Andrew who has emerged as one of the key malcontents and has possibly the worst record for policy misjudgement in Cairnberra?

However, I take the point above on the Beazley comparison in that the bomber despite some obvious intelligence seemed to emerge on the dud side of every policy decision he was responsible for from Telstra to submarines .....

Anonymous said...

The ALP have Gillard and Combet, one of whom will be the next PM.

Adam S said...

Neither of them are particularly inspiring IMHO.

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