How Government Works

(Or just about any large corporation these days)

Once upon a time …The Australian Government had a vast scrap yard in the

middle of a desert. So Parliament said.. “Someone may steal from it at

night.” So they created a night watchman position and hired a

person for the job.

Then The Australian Government said, “How does the watchman do his job without

instruction?” So they created a planning department and hired two

people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to

do time studies.

Then Prime Minister said, “How will we know the night watchman is doing

the tasks correctly?” So they created a Quality Control

department and hired two people. One to do the studies and one to

write the reports.

Then The Cabinet said, “How are these people going to get paid?” So

they created the following positions, a timekeeper, and a payroll

officer, then hired two people.

Then Public Service said, “Who will be accountable for all of these

people?” So they created an administrative section and hired

three people, an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative

Officer, and a Legal Secretary.

Then The Parliamentary Budget Committee said, “We have had this command in operation for one year and we are $18,000 over budget, we must cutback overall cost.”

So they laid off the night watchman.