The Canberra Times has a story on the valedictory speech of former Department of Transport Secretary Ken Matthews who’d like to see more courage from those who will come after him:
”I bet we can all think of instances where the decisions of the properly elected government were clearly and objectively not in the national interest. If we are serious as professional servants of the public, it is a cop-out just to shrug and snigger knowingly and say that the elected government decides what is in the national interests …
”Have we become docile and unassertive in throwing in the towel when our advice, once given, is rejected? There was once a saying that advice given three times was courageous.”
On the other hand, what’s the reward for rocking the boat?