Flat White

Bill Shoten, stopped clock

8 May 2021

2:34 PM

8 May 2021

2:34 PM

“I tell you that there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous ones who do not need to repent,” or so the Gospel of Luke tells us.

Bill Shorten has made some remarkably perspective comments on public servants but, alas, we fear it’s more a stopped clock being right two times a day scenario than a conversion.

Getting stuck into “nuts” NDIS red tape, Shorten said “This is bureaucracy gone crazy. If you want to vary an item by a couple of hundred dollars, you’ve got a whole process…

“I’m not exaggerating: there must be a whole army of Oompa-Loompas dreaming this stuff up, chimpanzees typing somewhere.

“It is nuts. It is not a sensible way to run an organisation.”

Newly installed NDIS Minister Linda Reynolds hasn’t had to call in her cardiologist, choosing instead to play the victim card. She’s said 17 per cent of NDIA staff identify as having a disability and have a right to expect “open, respectful and collaborative” rhetoric around the NDIS, completely avoiding the issues of efficiency and accountability at hand.

Stuart Robert, her predecessor — he who served his nation by trying to put a bizarre $38,000 excess internet use charge on the taxpayer tab — has also bleated in support of the shinybums.

And so here we are with the 2021 Budget just days away, with Bill Shorten getting something right and Morrison ministers defending bloated, bullying bureaucracy.

As the gospel also says — this time in John — “Jesus wept”.


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