The longer it goes on since Campbell Newman and the LNP romped into power on the 24th March, the more skeletons in the closet of ALP bureaucratic extravagance are being unearthed and the magnitude of the waste which was kept hidden from the electorate while the ALP was in power is nothing short of mind-blowing.
It is common knowledge now that Newman was faced with a damned if he did, damned if he didn’t dilemma trying to terminate the employment of the pen pushing husband of former premier Anna Bligh, Greg Withers, who reportedly has just quit his controversial post as a seat warming fat-cat bureaucrat who was earning a poisonous amount of tax-payers money to do absolutely nothing.
Reportedly, the Bligh government had effectively made it illegal to sack any one of hundreds of bureaucrats in Queensland, Newman basically was given no choice but to spare Withers the axe because of the sort of severance pay involved in showing him the door which by all rights he should never have walked through in the first place.
Thank goodness Withers has taken a hike of his own accord, the only ace Newman has up his sleeve to get rid of bureaucratic deadwood ‘legally’ in many instances is to basically break a chicken bone and hope bureaucrats on six figure pay packets who are bored out of their brains resign voluntarily.
Hundreds of other senior bureaucrats who were nothing more than ALP political appointments from the beginning are for all intents and purposes legally protected from getting the sack or being retrenched, and should they be at the receiving end of either. The severance pay which is involved in getting rid of them will cost taxpayers a lot more than it will to continue employing them.
This situation is just so unethical and disgusting, what it proves is that Anna Bligh was one of the biggest crooks in the history of Australian politics, an even bigger one than Peter Beattie and a much bigger one than Joh-Bjelke Petersen.
Next time you hear any jokes about Joh, Russ Hinze, Jack Herbert, Terry Lewis and brown paper bags in the National Party of the 1980`s think of everything I just told you and laugh about Anna Bligh.
Tim Badrick for the editors