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Victorian lefties have some things to be thankful for

Posted by Dave Bath on 2010-11-30

Well, Victorian lefties should be rejoicing in the election loss of a right-wing government that abused FoI, had sham consultations, threw a cloak of secrecy over everything, spent huge sums of public money on party-political propaganda, handed over information on citizens from police files to private consortia, reeked of dodgy deals with developers, didn’t consider cheap water from stormwater reclamation and injection into the water table, …

The list of Joh Brumby’s sins against lefty goodness goes on and on and on… even before we get to the apolitical issues like incompetence writing specifications for contracts, meaningful penalty clauses, and manage the contract so that there is even a moderate resemblance between actual delivery costs and timeframes to what was presented to parliament and public.

OK, the Ballieu libs have some wrong-headed policies, are not likely to be as progressive as the universally respected liberal Dick Hamer, have pushed the Laura Norder furphy, but at least there is a promise to open up the books (if only to discover and release details of Brumby shonkiness).

OK, it could have been better, the Greens could have had a seat in the lower house to minimize the damage of the defacto right-wing coalition getting a 100% majority…

Maybe, just maybe, there’ll be a purging from the ALP of the right wing nasties, especially the backroom operators… but if this hasn’t happened federally, no right-wing heads on pikes in Canberra after the last federal election… optimism on that matter is unjustified.

I do, however, have a little optimism that Ballieu might be more transparent, more able to manage contracts, and able to do the forensics on the stuff that didn’t get shredded so that things are put in place to prevent any government risking such incompetence, such stench of dodgy deals against the public interest, for a long time.

What is needed, of course, is a public reform of the ALP, a return to principles, and a big row of faceless-men with heads on sticks the whole length of Spring St.


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Who is more progressive – Pope or Joh Brumby?

Posted by Dave Bath on 2010-11-23

What does it say that since taking office, the Pope has made more significant moves in the progressive direction than Joh Brumby’s Victorian ALP government?

OK, the move by the Pope on condoms was miniscule and totally insufficient… but that’s my point.

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Explain Vic if state issues affected federal votingBr

Posted by Dave Bath on 2010-08-26

Those explaining away ALP pain in Queensland and NSW federal seats might also try and explain Victoria… where it looks like a net loss of seats to leftish parties.

It cannot be because people have warm fuzzies about a wonderful state ALP government: the stench of incompetence and backroom ALP corruption under Brumby (either as Premier or Bracks’ puppet master) has even socialist me hoping for a Liberal minority government resulting from the upcoming Vic elections.

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Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-07-18

With gagging of public servants and school principals in Victoria, all the while Joh Brumby saying he is committed to transparency and free speech, I’ve decided that we are moving away from plutocracy, into a new political order:

Hypocracy (n) Rule by the lowest of the low.

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Brumby’s nightmare – a Cth bill to stop his pipeline

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-12-22

It looks like the Water Amendment (Saving the Goulburn and Murray Rivers) Bill 2008 bill, currently under inquiry will be giving Joh Brumby nightmares … because it prohibits water being taken from the Murray Darling and unless there is a loophole, Brumby’s pet North/South pipeline will be contrary to this bill.

Send your comments to by 2009-01-30.

Good one Senator Birmingham, Liberal, SA.  How often does a Lib SA senator introduce a bill that makes progressive Victorians jump over the moon?

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Victorian inquiry: red tape for renewables projects

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-12-22

Looks like Joh Brumby is setting up another Clayton’s inquiry.

Red Tape and Renewable Energy Projects in Victoria was referred to the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, with terms of reference over the fold.

Referred 2008-12-04, to report by 2009-12-31, although I suspect like the water inquiry which has recently had it’s reporting date deferred into a black hole (I’ll post on this soon), it won’t be really reporting back until Joh is out of office.

As usual, there is no indication of where to send submissions or when submissions will be open.  You can try and contact to ask to be notified when/where submissions open, but they’ll probably do for this what they did to the water inquiry, send you a message that includes (and I quote from message id “The inquiry is yet to commence. I will have someone notify you when submissions are invited” and then not get back to you.

While you are here…. take the Joh Brumby Survey

So… here are the terms of reference:

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Joh Brumby Survey

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-12-05

It’s worth a reader survey on Brumby’s probity and the appropriateness of the nickname "Job Brumby", given that (among many other things):

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Sen John and Premier Joh – a tale of two FOIs

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-07-23

Finally, the KRudd team takes some action that is undeniably good… and a bummer that Vic Premier Joh Brumby moves in the opposite direction.

Two stories next to each other on p4 of The Age (2008-07-23) illustrate the difference between the Federal (getting better) and Victorian (going from bad to disgusting) Labor governments.

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Brumby treating us like mushrooms again

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-04-03

Let’s hope (I’m dubious) that citizen interaction plans in Victoria don’t follow the normal Brumby approach of letting people have freedom to speak, but never listen to them.

A recent tender is showing a very different approach to the (Federal, and shock! horror! initiated under the Howard government) AGIMO approach to developing citizen services and citizen-centric government.

Rather than actually consult the public, and the expertise they have, and alert the public through decent mechanisms (like a consolidated RSS feed), they’ll just get a contractor who will probably consider all the wrong things.

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Joh Brumby

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-02-03

Victoria’s Premier should be renamed "Joh" Brumby as he seems to be becoming a southern reincarnation of Queensland’s late unlamented Premier.  Secrecy and shiftiness abound.  Now Brumby is spending big time on a "Mega media monitor set to watch all of us" (The Sunday Age, 2008-01-03).

Government mouthpiece Alison Crossweller said it is …

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