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States should embrace reform - itís in their interest : Comments

By Des Moore, published 5/6/2006

State governments should encourage private sector involvement across a whole range of government services.

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Des Moore is such a horrible person, i find it hard to believe that OLO keeps printing his ravings.
Why doesnt some Union Official bite his head off.
Posted by hedgehog, Monday, 5 June 2006 3:27:53 PM
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Privatisation has been benificial to society and the individual like: Cross City tunnel, HIH, Sydney Airport etc, etc. We need more of it so the share holders can become wealthy manipulators of society and Government for their purpose. Rip off the serfs and controll them. At least with governments we can turf them out if they act irresopnsibly, which we can't with private sector companies with 75 year sealed contracts.
Posted by Philo, Monday, 5 June 2006 9:54:51 PM
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The arguments used by proponents of privatisation arrangements usually come down to two elements: 1. That the private sector has access to cheaper capital, or more cleverly structured finance; and 2. That private sector managers are more capable, more efficient, and motivated than public servants.

Neither of these arguments can be sustained in the face of independent, objective economic analysis.
Posted by Claymore, Monday, 5 June 2006 11:03:51 PM
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"Better services"? You must be kidding. Put "the big pong down under" into your search engine . . . You'll see what I mean.
Posted by KimB, Monday, 5 June 2006 11:18:10 PM
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Des Moore seeks to promote a number of ongoing fallacies:

1. That 'privatisation' is the same as 'corporatisation'.

2. That corporatisation will lead to lower prices and charges (including taxes) for resident taxpayers...already soundly disproven in the manufacturing, primary industries, service industries...and on it goes.

3. That wiping out our home grown industries, etc. will advantage us and our nation in any way...check out what pollutants and chemical cocktails are present in imported foods while our own producers maintain stringent regulations on food quality and chemical, etc. usage. (Who wants to import eggs? Now likely in the immediate future...)

4. That opening our IR laws and workplaces to deregulation and cheap imported labour will provide 'benefits' to our workers or this nation. Check out the good'ol'USofA where lower paid workers are forced to work two or three jobs and still can't afford even basic health care, let alone luxuries.

5. That the Australian public are as stupid as he thinks...

6. That it is desirable to have all the major political parties supporting the policies designed by the corporate bosses and well funded by massive election donations to all their election funds. No opposition means no accountability.

7. That these treacherous and treasonable policies won't come back to bite him and all of us...

'And because an increased private sector role offers potential for a lower level of taxation as well as better services, it is difficult to see that any government implementing a pro-private sector role would fail electorally.' National Competition Policy has failed to deliver on all accounts...to the people. In fact, the political donations funds and the corporate executives salary increases are the real beneficiaries...with a 29% corporate failure rate in this country, one would think that some competitive culling would be in order in the corporate world...not the massive grants directed there, obscene salary packages and political back-slapping that abounds.
Posted by Meg1, Tuesday, 6 June 2006 1:22:12 AM
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Did anyone see a few years ago, perhaps in the late 1980's or in the early 1990's Des Moore's appearance on a current affairs program on ABC TV run in a style similar to SBS's Insight with a panel of one or more invited guests and an audience participating in the discussion?

The invited guest was David Suzuki and Des Moore was in the audience.

I don't remember all the details of the discussion, but Des Moore was arguing that government intervention to protect our environment from private enterprise was unnecessary.

David Suzuki then pointed out to Des Moore that we only have one planet. If we did as Moore suggested and, as a result, destroyed this planet, we would not have any other planet to move to. He asked Des Moore would he be prepared to risk that in order to put his beliefs to the test.

Moore responded, "Yes".

To this the astonished David Suzuki responded, "Then you, sir, are a fool!"
Posted by daggett, Tuesday, 6 June 2006 1:35:47 AM
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