28 sleeps. Day 9. Same old same old

Do you know what the ACT really needs to happen in next month’s election? That a whole heap of new faces are elected to the Legislative Assembly.
It’s not likely to happen. In fact post-election there may well be just one new face; whoever is elected to replace the retiring John Hargreaves.
This is a hard thing for me to say, but the talent pool in the current assembly is pretty darn shallow. It’s hard for me to say because to a man and woman I like the people in our assembly. They’re all hard workers, they’re all genuinely concerned about their electorates, and they’re all nice people away from the cut and thrust of every day politics. It’s just that the ACT needs more.
And sadly I’m not sure there’s any brilliant new talent in the new crop of candidates. I hope I’m wrong, because fresh faces, fresh ideas and fresh enthusiasm would do the territory a world of good. As would some genuine real world experience.
It’s the age-old argument. You get what you pay for, and until we start paying our politicians more we won’t draw people away from other careers. But suggesting we give politicians a big pay rise is like suggesting we all eat more broccoli – we know it’s probably good for us in the long-term, but we can’t really stomach it now.


One response to “28 sleeps. Day 9. Same old same old

  1. It’s not just the elected members who need to be paid more their advisers need to be better paid. Ministers are advised by a well paid and highly articulate public service who specialise in giving advice.

    The Ministers advisers on the other hand are also expected to provide advice but from a different perspective but when their pay is a fraction of the public service how can they legitimately be expected to compete with the professionals. It’s like putting celebrity chefs up against home cooks great for TV ratings but you wouldn’t want to do it for real.

    Next time you are talking to a Minister ask them how much of what they do is because of policy they initiated and how much is because their department told them they had to do it. This is where he 80/20 rule plays out and Ministers become managers of the business of government not the directors of government.

    Without properly paid competent advisers there is no effective counter balancing advice for Ministers who are forced into a situation where they are only able to afford to pay for youthful exuberance or tired hacks for their advice.

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