Bureaucrats are often accused of suffering from verbal diarrhoea and obfuscation, using a paragraph when a couple of words will do. I used to shudder when presented with stuff which was meant to sound academic and high level but was just cr@p. Plain English is fine but still suffers a death by a thousand cuts.
Every now and then, something pops up from the private sector which is usually laid at the feet of bureaucrats. I now expose this lunacy. It needs a translator!
Here are a couple of examples, in a report by the Centre for Policy Development which was looking into public service efficiency. I put these examples out there for you all to top, as examples of gobbledegook. How about a RiotACT award for this rubbish?
In the Canberra Times of 26 June, the report was quoted as containing these pearls:
“Initiatives by agency heads to facilitate bottom-up innovations (such as temporarily implementing more permissive standards to create a window for experimentation with new techniques by front-line workers);
An innovation investment fund to provide a public sector equivalent to venture capital, combined with mechanisms to capture and share information on implementing innovations; and
Focus on organisational outcomes with clearly defined priorities informed by a national planning process.” (my emphasis)
The Foreword was done by Terry Moran, former chief of the PM’s Department and now President of the Institute of Public Affairs. He set an example by saying:
” the cost of all three levels of government in Australia is among the lowest in the developed world.
However, none of this is to argue that we should be blind to the potential for improvements. This report highlights a number of examples where the implementation of one-dimensional ideas about efficiency have (sic) come at a very substantial cost.” (my emphasis)
These are only some of the pearls in the report commissioned by the CPSU, the Belcher Foundation and Slater and Gordon.
I’d want my money back! Over to you, Rioters, for better examples of literary fertiliser!…