This article does not necessarily condone the actions of Campbell
Newman and the new LNP Government but rather to illustrate the dynamics
of a reforming government. I am well aware of the human angel and the
anguish that no doubt is currently consuming Queensland families as
their contract are not renewed. What Queenslanders are witnessing in an LNP Government setting its own agenda after 21 years of one administration.
If a reforming Government irrespective of whether its ALP or LNP is
sincere in implementing its agenda, it cannot tinker around the edges.
All that will happen then is pretty much more of the same, which is what
the electorate rejected. It must literally dismantle before it can
create something new.
The fact that Queensland has a projected
deficit of $ 85 billion compounds the problem. Generally if the debt was
not a financial concern (and it is to the international agencies that
credit rate Queensland) then the need for bureaucracy slashing would not
be so obvious. A new Government could implement its mandate without
reduction in outlays. The bottom line is that it must make financial
room for its policies to be implemented.
Of recent time the
Whitlam Government and Rudd Governments did similar. The difference of
course is that the ALP is noted as bureaucracy builders, so there were
no dislocation in the public service work force, whereas the LNP is not
as much focused on the bureaucracy (process building) but rather laying
the groundwork for business to thrive with less red tape.
Middle management another characterisation for the concept of process
building literally went through the roof under Goss, Beattie and Bligh.
Generally this is how Governments particularly left leaning ones
generate patronage. It is in this aspect of Government that the LNP is
directing its focus.