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Bureaucracy gone mad!

By Sandpiper 26 October 2010 47

I’ve finally had it with state bureacracies. My son (now 20) originally got his learners licence in NSW when he turned 16. He has worked full time since then so has not had a lot of time for lessons. He has moved state twice for his jobs during the last 5 years, once to Adelaide where he also obtained a learners licence and then to Canberra where his South Australian learners licence expired days after we arrived and before he could realistically prepare for a test in a foreign environment.

So he had to obtain the ACT learner licence at a further cost to himself for the compulsory Road Ready Course- even after holding a learners licence for 5 years. He was happy to do so. However, having established at both the Dickson and Civic Shopfronts that he did not need to have this ACT licence for the full six months prior to booking a licence test I am flummoxed today that he’s been told that ‘they have no proof that he had a South Australian licence’ and have refused to provide him with a licence test date- regardless of the fact that the Dickson shopfront made us wait at length while they faxed SA regarding his SA licence before granting him the ACT learner permit and that he was holding the expired SA licence in his hand while speaking to the woman from Canberra Connect.

My son pays a LOT of tax. All he wants is his licence but between his busy work schedule and our government bureaucracy I’m starting to wonder if he will ever get it. He is an honest, responsible citizen who has never put a foot wrong and is still attempting to comply with every hurdle this bureaucracy insists on putting before him. But it does make me question why it exists- why the replication? Does he go to work to pay taxes to fund these hurdles that are put before him which prevent him from going about his life? Why do we put people who move state (and their wallets) though the wringer?

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TVStar said :

Summary to this point:

– Mother asks question on behalf of son regarding renewing learners permit.
– Original poster tries to make some unknown point about son having paid tax.
– Original poster suggests ACT ‘bureaucracy gone mad!’
– Derision of bloggers initially only stopped by a short discussion regarding the 1999 Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) on tax reform, also known as the GST agreement, and federalism in the Australian context.
– Some pertinent international comparisons.
– Short survey of 400 years of western intellectual thought on the meaning and inevitability of taxes (mostly focused on English examples).
– Anecdotal but credible evidence presented that said son was in fact a vague knob when seeking to obtain learners permit a Civic Shopfront in basement of Civic Library, possibly on 16 September 2010.
– Further derision of original poster by bloggers made ‘angry’.
– Dickson Motor Vehicle Registry and staff compared with UK equivalents; accused of general public servant incompetence and stupidity.
– Son accused of being a latent homosexual.

Have I missed anything?

Perfect. Could you please summarise every topic on RiotAct that has 50+ posts? Maybe you could start a website of your own RiotActDigest.com – I would sign up in a flash.

homeone 6:47 am 27 Oct 10

Yep – You’ve forgotton to mention in the dot points the summary that some knob is making in an effort to make sense of something that’s not very likely to be sensible.

TVStar 8:33 pm 26 Oct 10

Summary to this point:

– Mother asks question on behalf of son regarding renewing learners permit.
– Original poster tries to make some unknown point about son having paid tax.
– Original poster suggests ACT ‘bureaucracy gone mad!’
– Derision of bloggers initially only stopped by a short discussion regarding the 1999 Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) on tax reform, also known as the GST agreement, and federalism in the Australian context.
– Some pertinent international comparisons.
– Short survey of 400 years of western intellectual thought on the meaning and inevitability of taxes (mostly focused on English examples).
– Anecdotal but credible evidence presented that said son was in fact a vague knob when seeking to obtain learners permit a Civic Shopfront in basement of Civic Library, possibly on 16 September 2010.
– Further derision of original poster by bloggers made ‘angry’.
– Dickson Motor Vehicle Registry and staff compared with UK equivalents; accused of general public servant incompetence and stupidity.
– Son accused of being a latent homosexual.

Have I missed anything?

Pork Hunt 5:40 pm 26 Oct 10

Any red blooded Aussie male who does not book his licence test to occur within a nano second of said person being eligible is, in my opinion “batting for the other team”.

p1 4:51 pm 26 Oct 10

Jim Jones said :

James-T-Kirk said :

Everything was better in the past.

Um … nope.

For a start, before about 70 years ago, the world was only in black and white. And then for a long time the colours were all kinda faded. I’m so glad I live now, in a brightly coloured world.

Jim Jones 4:27 pm 26 Oct 10

James-T-Kirk said :

Everything was better in the past.

Um … nope.

Master_Bates 4:20 pm 26 Oct 10

WHAT ^%$&^%^ PLANET ARE YOU ON JTK.

Most of the public servants in this town work incredibly hard, under trying circumstances to provide a good outcome for our clients.

Pull your head in.

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