I generally don’t believe anything that comes out of the mouths of members of the Coalition so I haven’t given much credence to whatever they say. But this latest babble of bullshit has stirred me:
The federal opposition has accused Labor of ordering public servants to create political material to attack the Coalition.
Amid business calls for public servants to be allowed to do their jobs, opposition treasury secretary Joe Hockey has lodged an official complaint alleging “potential political interference” in the public service by Treasurer Wayne Swan’s office.
Tony Abbott said it was not the number of advisers that was the problem, but the way in which they were used by the government.
The Opposition Leader said the Coalition would review the entire bureaucracy but “I think it’s the misuse to which political staffers have been put, with dirt units and so on, rather than the fact that there are political staffers as such”.
As a former Federal Public Servant may I protest that this is a load of absolute and utter rubbish? It’s clearly just another fabricated “look over there” moment to deflect media and public attention away from a very damaged Tony Abbott.
But if they want to pick on the Public Service with bizarre claims then I take the liberty to throw back a few observations of my own.
I worked as a Public Servant under the Howard, Rudd and Gillard Governments. As a Public Servant I was apolitical, working for the government of the day while casting aside my own political preferences and I performed diligently and loyally to all three. Of those three governments it could be considered that the behaviour of several Howard Ministers only was questionable. I am not at liberty to expand on this.
However, I am at liberty to provide my observations, whether they be correct or not. Neither might they agree with the observations of other Public Servants. But here they are:
- I didn’t consider that John Howard or Joe Hockey were honest politicians
- Tony Abbott was very unpopular with a former department due to his alleged nastiness
- Kevin Rudd drove people fairly hard
- The Liberals when in government appeared to politicise the Public Service
- There were rumours that members of the Howard Government attempted to obtain information off public servants for political advantage
- The Rudd Government acted far more professionally than the Howard Government
- Julia Gillard was very popular and respected by her departments
- Many of Howard’s policies in the employment area did not appear to be working
- The Labor Governments were more concerned with helping society’s needy
- The Labor Governments had more of a focus on education and job training than Howard’s
- I did not consider Joe Hockey a competent Minister
- Labor made more cuts to the Public Service than Howard
- There appeared to be a greater emphasis from the Howard Government on misleading the electorate
- The Howard Government did not appear genuinely concerned with the plight of minority groups, in particular Indigenous Australians
What have you good people observed from the boundary line?