“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Vaclav Havel's favourite French writer and pioneering aviator
The thing to remember about the original Cultural Revolution is that it wasn’t some sort of authentic grassroots phenomenon. It came from the top. It was astroturf, with blood.
Sarsha at Tiffany
The politicisation of the public service in the sense of the eclipse of the federal bureaucracy by political advisers has happened in every Westminster system, but it's gone a lot further in Australia than it has in the other Westminster systems. It's gone a lot further than the UK, a lot further than Canada and a lot further than New Zealand. There has been a big hollowing out of the federal bureaucracy in terms of real talent and muscle. It's lost out in terms of remuneration, it's lost out in terms of power, it's lost out in terms of respect and it's lost out in terms of protection of reputation.
Tax office abuse is about to become an election issue. In its final weeks the Morrison government is engaged in an intense battle with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to determine whether there will be a fair small business tax appeal system, and one not controlled by the ATO.
This is in the New York Daily News. Didn’t Pinch Sulzberger issue his own boomer apology a decade ago?
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Inspector General of Taxation report lifts lid on ATO's chaos Robert Gottliebsen ...