On 30 March '20 we heard that the NZ and Easts teams had been rubbed out. The NRL gives them nothing (and now has nothing to give), whereas the AFL gives $500,000 to each of their teams each year.
Bugger this, Morrison is off with the fairies, he has stolen my money and I want it back so I can do good.
Moreover, I hoped to help support a 4th Aussie NRLW team on the basis of the fab First Nation women from the Tiwis and all over Aus.
That stands but as the NRL is broke, I am worried Men of League will fall over too - in which case, Nine/Fairfax, the Footie Show, the clubs I have approached, and the bloody journos who don't give a stuff can face the music.
Australia has been through economic and health crises and been blessed to have had the great leadership of the Federation, Sydney Improvement, World Wars and GFC generations. We didn’t do so well during the Great Depression; and we’re having real worries now with varying governmental abilities and difficulties to
In particular, the PM, Deputy PM and Treasurer are sweeping scorpions under the mat, for someone else to tread on – which is appalling non-leadership right now and for future generations. As with the health system not being ready for a disaster, serious warning signs of collapses in infrastructure projects are being ignored by officials who care not about community as much as their masters’ regard.
Economic policy-making and infrastructure projects and pipelines have seen a lot of controversy in the last 5 years in particular. Something changed for the worse and it was not inherent complexity or uncertainty. Politicians have always relied on sound, intelligent and generally well-educated professional public servants; and the community expected the same qualities in journalism. Neither can be sanguine about the results.
The media regularly carry criticisms of the PM’s statements and actions and this will get worse, fast. Consider ~
The corruption of due diligence and the collapse of engineering in Sydney projects means that a more fundamental repair is needed, but Frydenberg rejected that case in 2018 and 2019. It seems he must be forced to correct his attitudes.. Consider these words from Barry O’Farrell and wonder how much better we’d be doing if Morrison, Frydenberg and Premiers observed them:
A wise American journalist has concluded, about a context that we know well - including the complete disconnect between infrastructure planning and intergenerational equity - that
It is now widely understood that famines arise from local political failures in the trade and distribution of abundant global food supplies, not from local crop failures. And floods devastate communities not because the local rivers are unusually watery but because poor zoning and subsidised flood insurance encourage people to build their homes on floodplains. Those same politicians already have made decisions that may seal a country’s coronavirus fate, and it won’t have anything to do with quarantines or restrictions on travel or large gatherings. Rather, the important choices may have already come in the guise of technocratic health spending and investment decisions that were made largely out of public view over many years.
No one trusted NSW’s Premier Carr’s and après-Carr Labor Governments’ series of repeated and broken promises in the 2000s. Barry O’Farrell promised to end the “stench” of a planning non-system that produced the “fiasco” of the CBD and other Metros. He also promised to return planning control to communities. The most profound undertaking was to clean up NSW. Cynicism would be turned into enthusiasm. Promises were going to be kept. All citizens would be heard.
Nope: all such principles were thrown overboard and the long-understood “NSW disease” morphed into Bairdijiklian Malenomics but not just in NSW – it infected Canberra. There have been too many adverse consequences already. The Nats are unravelling – the revelation of Minister McCormack’s failure to deliver on regional road promises from the previous Budget “stimulus” falsity, the crying over righteous bushfire criticisms with the bush in deep crisis and anger, and the Betrayal of Tim Fischer, make him a top dummy, but as the journalists have noticed, that is the main quality in the Deputy PM that Morrison needs.
Two quotes will set a context that journalists have otherwise largely missed. In Oct ’16 Professor Judith Sloan showed sympathy for generalist Ministers who face complex policy debates:
There was a time governments received advice that was well-researched and reasoned on a broad range of policy topics from outside government. There was a large number of university-based research centres and high-profile academics who were involved in policy debates. These days, most academic economists …(just) publish in prestigious international journals and keep their heads down. We are worse off for the competition of ideas being so much weaker.
Recently, Jacqueline Maley wrote that
You might say our petty domestic scandals should be put aside now we are facing a major health and economic crisis that no one can know the end of. But if we can’t trust our politicians to respect the conventions of fairness and transparency in ordinary times, imagine what they will be able to get away with under the cover of an all-engulfing crisis.
My websites systematically and specifically dissect these aspects in respect of Sydney’s planning crises, and provide solutions.
No journalist has been prepared to publish the insights, including that grossest of ethical breaches, plagiarism.
This pamphlet is based on the forthcoming FRUITS OF SYDNEY’S POISONED VINE - Frydenberg’s “Budget Repair” Death Spiral 2020 – 2050+ (volume 1 of the “Save Sydney Suite)