The Canberra Times has got a story on disatisfaction amongst the guards at Parliament House. Is it normal barrack room grumbling or something serious?
The service is also experiencing high levels of staff turnover and absenteeism
So it’s for real then. RiotACT favourite and Secretary of the Department of Parliamentary Services, Dr Hillary Penfold, weighed in:
“It’s certainly true that we’re trying to manage within a reduced budget,” she said. “We have to … cover more things like training and corporate activities in general than we do at the moment.”
Bonding sessions and Barbecues to the rescue? Arbitrary and confused management decisions are the chief cause of the grizzling that I’ve heard. But why is the budget reduced? Well Hillary has been spending a lot of money on walls and bollards of late. Some people hold that a wall is only as strong as the people that defend it, but what would they know?
Low morale in the guards is probably not going to be too much of a terror security problem. But it is going to be a be a security problem for Members of Parliament. The guards know an awful lot about who is doing what to whom. If they’ve got the hump who knows what tid-bits will start showing up in the public domain?