"The Labor Government is six months in power, and chaos and indecision are impinging on normal decision-making processes. There's a lot of noise and announcements but insiders say nothing much is actually happening.Worth reading the whole thing for an early insight to the Rudd government. In other words: it's not your imagination, things really are as bad as they look to the punters - Inner Circle.
The two words most commonly used about Rudd's office are chaotic and dysfunctional. One only need drop by to have that confirmed.
Senate estimates teased out the example of Hae-kyong Holdaway, the mother of two who worked 36 hours straight after being asked to hurriedly draft legislation for FuelWatch.
One of the problems, insiders say, is that the favourite way for members of the PM's staff to begin a phone call is "The Prime Minister wants ..." One public service source says often after such a phone call there is no follow-up and the work is often done in vain.
[Ah, yes. I remember the torture well. Be assured folks, this is a nasty habit run rife throughout the public service, it's not unique to the PM's office. It peculates from the top right down to the lowest reaches of every department - ed.]
It was under Epstein as chief-of-staff that Beazley as Opposition leader became obsessed with - and disappeared under - a 24-hour news cycle. Everything was seen by how it would play on that night's TV news. The same thing is happening to Rudd now."
June 26, 2008
A well researched and considered piece in last weekend's Australian (yes, yes, it's Thursday and I've only just gotten around to reading Saturday's paper).