Australia had its larrikans as Cyril Pearl documented so beautifully in Wild Men of Sydney; but real thinkers too. Federation was inspirational and catalytic.
Forgotten now, except by me as the period's historian, was the Great Reform Council of 1900-12 and their Royal Commission on the Improvement of the City of Sydney and its Suburbs. Their "planning consensus" (Spearritt) led to £27 million being spent on rail works of which the Harbour Bridge was £9 million. They did a better job of planning for a 300% increase in population than today's cloud-gatherers' 40%. From there grew Federal (1970) and State Treasury guidelines.
An Australian, Sir Rod Eddington, reformed London (2007-08) on the basis of UK Treasury guidelines.
In 2012 Gladys Berejiklian led an assault on Investment NSW (as the new Government's reform agency) and its chair, the Liberals' greatest-ever Premier, Nick Greiner. She was supported in machinery of government terms by Mike Baird, who when he became Premier extended the assault and inveigled the soon-incoming PM Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy as Chief Commissioner of a supposed reforming Greater Sydney Commission.
Result = the greatest wrecker in Australian history and an unholy mess of broken promises:
ideologically-led uneconomic projects, waste of at least $40,000,000,000, hum-ha from Treasuries, and extensive plagiarisms which are coming home to roost, those feisty little dragons. Baird's Treasury boss is now the Feds' Treasury boss which has interesting implications, especially as the Treasurer's attitude to reform of related Budget blunders reform was vigorous rejection recently.
To state it simply, the climax of the "Bairdijiklian Malenomic" fever which is being extended by PM Morrison was the WS City Deal which is unquestionably the biggest blunder in Australia's planning history, with journos yet to wake up.
The following ratings are based on Eddington-type criteria now lost in a miasma of inept agencies:
The Aus 9 Oct ‘15
Those who are lowlife and have no realistic goals with their lives. Often used to also describe those who are criminally inclined, enjoy bullying others for pleasure and entertainment, think that they are champagne in a fall glass when they're luke-warm piss in a cup and act like they are the village hardman but are nothing more than a cowardly [cur] on the side of the road (Urban Dictionary).
Covers those who commission conspiracies through to journos and institutes who conceal them
Replacing accepted standards and processeses (due diligence) as Sir Rod Eddington showed in London and Melbourne, with hidden information, lies instead of data, and values based on hidden motives of foreign corporates
A person who breaks promises then denies he or she made them.
An act that reverses the promised intent, i.e. a free ticket becomes a locked gaol cell
A person who asks you to travel a great distance at your own expense - then refuses to see you and goes on to mis-spend great amounts of public money and ruin regions' economic prospects in favour of a demented ideological farce. An official who steals your work and refuses to even talk about compensation, locking out legal rights and enjoying the hurt (Artistolean hubris).
A conspiracy of historical significance, changing the course of economic, social or political futures on the basis of sham projects, lying PR material and refusal to face facts and accept responsibility. A sacking offence.
An offer that has measurable, peer-reviewed benefits that greatly exceed expected costs, and extends to solving crises before the blade falls on inept officials' necks
The greatest phase of Sydney's reform was led by the business community and fully supported by the business community. Today's generation have their snouts firmly planted in the Treasury's trough - Federal and State - and NOT ONE supports reform.
Recall that PM Scott Morrison said he would be like Menzies when he supplanted Turnbull.
Here's Menzies' "The government and ourselves" from "The Forgotten People":
to be a real democrat in a really democratic country is to occupy a position of great dignity and self‑respect, for these qualities are the natural and proper attributes of independent man. To be one of those who mouth the catch‑cries of democracy and stridently clamour for their so called "right" from the cradle to the grave and after it, but at the same time dodge every civic responsibility, is to occupy a position not of dignity but of contempt.
Bit like part-time Christians!
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