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Staffers reminded that they aren’t actually ministers

By johnboy - 8 January 2009 35

The Herald Sun has a piece of bad news for Ministerial Staffers in the Rudd Government.

They’re being turfed out of the Comcar system and will have to make their own transport arrangements like the rest of us.

That they aren’t actually as important as members of parliament will come as a dreadful shock to some.

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Staffers reminded that they aren’t actually ministers
neanderthalsis 3:27 pm 08 Jan 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

How to reform the Ministerial staffing system:

– sack all current Ministerial staffers, and ban them from such offices for life
– advertise for new staffers
– ban all applicants from holding such offices for life, because they’re the same kinds of bumsucking, greedy, clueless sycophants as the last lot
– appoint staffers from within the public service – those most reluctant to go are probably most qualified for the job.

Then sack the Pubes and second people from private enterprise where they understand efficiency and productivity.

jube_V8Fairlane_235k 2:55 pm 08 Jan 09

ComCar charges the relevant department/office very expensive rates for each trip. From memory, about a year ago it was $77 Parl Hse to Airport. A lot of staffers used hire cars then, as the $45 charge was much more reasonable for the same service. Comcars hourly rate was in the region of $88/hr, hire cars were $66/hr.

justbands 2:30 pm 08 Jan 09

> (This was years ago, but the memory sticks.)

New Government, new staffers.

ant 2:23 pm 08 Jan 09

Ah, the Entitlement of it all. A FAS I worked for not long ago, travelled under sufferance, and if he had to attend a meeting in Sydney, he got the train from the airport. I know this as, on his return, he’d carefully present his train tickets for acquittal.

His Department runs Comcar.

sepi 2:20 pm 08 Jan 09

I have worked with 3. One very nice, one fine and one such a shocker that I never want to deal with another one ever again. He was known for ringing lower and lower level people and shouting at them if he didn’t get what he wanted, until eventually some poor newbie would give in and provide whatever dodgy info he wanted. (This was years ago, but the memory sticks.)

I hope they are reforming the lack of accountability for these staffers, as well as just their transport.

Granny 2:07 pm 08 Jan 09

Let alone a bus!

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 2:07 pm 08 Jan 09

How much does ComCar really cost to run? Does it make much difference if the cars are actually running or not. Once you get down to it, I suspect there’s very little cost difference between having the cars and drivers sitting idle as opposed to actually driving somewhere. I’m tempted to simply let staffers use comcars if they are available, it’s probably cheaper than having them use taxis.

ChrisinTurner 2:00 pm 08 Jan 09

Don’t all Commonwealth bookings for cars have to go through ComCar and only if they can’t oblige do you get sent a taxi. (Probably showing my age) ComCars cost about the same per day if they are used or not. When the VIPs are away from Canberra the cars should still be used with a resulting saving to the taxpayer. Who would want to wait for a taxi in Canberra anyway.

Granny 1:52 pm 08 Jan 09

Mr Waffle said :

Bus passes for all!

Let the ‘pluses of buses’ begin ….

justbands 1:45 pm 08 Jan 09

How did you reach the conclusion that they are all bumsucking, greedy, clueless sycophants Woody?

The only one I know personally is hard working, very clever, certainly not greedy & whos first thoughts are always for others over herself.

& on topic, she’s never used a comcar, even after waiting well over an hour on multiple occasions for cabs.

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:36 pm 08 Jan 09

How to reform the Ministerial staffing system:

– sack all current Ministerial staffers, and ban them from such offices for life
– advertise for new staffers
– ban all applicants from holding such offices for life, because they’re the same kinds of bumsucking, greedy, clueless sycophants as the last lot
– appoint staffers from within the public service – those most reluctant to go are probably most qualified for the job.

Mr Waffle 1:03 pm 08 Jan 09

Bus passes for all!

wishuwell 12:02 pm 08 Jan 09

Said it before and I’ll say it again,”life is just a series of interconnected disappointments”.

Mr Evil 11:56 am 08 Jan 09

Obviously Rudd wants more money to spend on keeping his RAAF BBJs and 604s in the air so he can keep travelling around the world.

poptop 11:33 am 08 Jan 09

No more frivolous aircraft chartering, either.

What’s the point of being on the right hand of God of you don’t get the lurks? =-/

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