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If we’re going to get bad audits let’s have less of them

By johnboy - 20 June 2009 27

Jon Stanhope’s entire tenure as Chief Minister has at times been distinguished by weird rejection of realities intruding into the world as he would like it to be.

Some highlights over the years have been:

    — Refusal to believe fire would reach the suburbs on January 18, 2003
    — Refusal to realise that staff caught painting political graffiti on private property can’t stay on the staff

And in recent year’s there have been his “rejections” of the ACT Auditor-General’s efforts to highlight the gaps between Mr. Stanhope’s grand visions and the reality as implemented by the ACT Public Service.

This week’s Audit report into the Ambulance Service appears to have tipped him over the edge. He’s now reported to be threatening to “Audit” the Auditor-General and reduce that office’s funding.

The Liberals’ Vicki Dunne has leapt to the defence of Auditor General Tu Pham.

Mrs Dunne kindly puts this and other erratic behaviour down to the stress of an increasingly speculated on leadership challenge.

My 2c is that it is the product of a longer term inflexibility of thought, and lack of imagination, struggling to come to grips with new information. Although increasing anger while grappling with this cognitive dissonance might have something to do with the rumblings from the lower decks.

If audits keep finding problems the solution is to do more audits, not less.

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peterh 9:38 am 22 Jun 09

sexynotsmart said :

I saw the report on abc.net.au first, but the comment made more sense when I saw Il Stanhope spouting the line on WIN news.

He was standing on the exact spot where he announced the bushfire enquiry. Were I an MLA, I’d be doing everything in my power to stop something similar involving ambos.

Not that the bushfire enquiry wasn’t a waste of time, money and effort. Oh wait – yes it was.

the money he wasted on the enquiry could have gone to the removal of the GST payments those effected by the fires had to endure. too late now. when he starts talking about cutting funding to a department due to the negative light the govt is being painted, what will be next? TAMS continues on, as does intact. want to cut a budget of a bloated waste of money? kill intact and re-distribute the staff and funding back to the other departments.

intact is the isp, act govt is the transact. remove the double dipping.

when will we see an ambo strike for more workers, and better conditions?

Skidbladnir 9:34 am 22 Jun 09

I thought part of the Auditor-General’s office was a direct appropriation via the Assembly PAC, and the Audits themselves were conducted on direct cost-recovery to the relevant Dept?

But an organisation with stated goal of “an accountable, effective and efficient ACT public sector” isn’t one I would have expected the Chief Minister to be this on the record with his desire to shut it down.

When people next start asking questions like “What is the Chief Minister hiding from us, and can we continue having confidence in their performance?” he won’t have an independent account to support him…

damo1 10:08 pm 21 Jun 09

It’s good to see that Stanhope is helping out the recent argument to decrease the Federal Govt’s interference in territory affairs by acting like the mature, level headed leader we need, isn’t it? Yeah, with leaders like him we are sooo ready.

sexynotsmart 8:46 pm 21 Jun 09

I saw the report on abc.net.au first, but the comment made more sense when I saw Il Stanhope spouting the line on WIN news.

He was standing on the exact spot where he announced the bushfire enquiry. Were I an MLA, I’d be doing everything in my power to stop something similar involving ambos.

Not that the bushfire enquiry wasn’t a waste of time, money and effort. Oh wait – yes it was.

Very Busy 7:24 pm 21 Jun 09

Ian said :

And I just noticed, before someone else kindly points it out, that I am guilty of leaving “are” out between “you” and “bagging” and hence come across as a grammar fail. Ready, fire, aim!

Yes I did notice but wasn’t going to partake in a tit for tat slanging match. I was probably a little embarrased. BTW, I did ponder the spelling of that word, but was a bit hasty and didn’t bother to do a spell check, My bad!!! good lesson learnt.

Nice to see you come clean on your grammar.

bd84 4:56 pm 21 Jun 09
S4anta 1:08 pm 21 Jun 09

Ian said :

(and, haha, just noticed you spelt “intellectually” wrong – not a good thing when you bagging out people’s intellectual shortcomings!)

And I just noticed, before someone else kindly points it out, that I am guilty of leaving “are” out between “you” and “bagging” and hence come across as a grammar fail. Ready, fire, aim!

lucky you weren’t tea bagging him then

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