December 15, 2012

Federal ALP report card continues to roll in

Commenced under Kevin Rudd's short and disastrous reign as Prime Minister, and continued under the painfully long (will it EVER end?) and disastrous reign of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, two more major Labor Government are proving to be remarkably success-proof.

Trust us, they told state governments, we can do a much better job of running hospitals than you can:  we'll throw money at it, and the world will be changed - promise! 

They threw money, billions of dollars, as is their most favoured cash-splash ballpark, and nothing changed.
Julia Gillard's national health reforms are in danger of missing their first targets as most patients spend up to 15 hours in emergency wards, despite a vow last year to reduce delays to a fraction of the time.
 Four hours is the target KPI.

Hospital goals at risk as reform milestones missed 
I don't know about you, but I was quite keen on the National Broadband Network, not because I needed it, but as a national project, I thought it was a good idea.  My main gripe was why a NBN should be supported with such glee, with no care for the usual economic cost-benefit analysis, while other major projects with indisputable national benefits still aren't on the agenda - airports, a fast train from Melbourne up to Queensland (via Sydney), a new port in Melbourne, not to mention a rail link from Melbourne to the airport.  So many worthy projects.  But then, this is the government that gave us tens of billions of dollars worth of empty school halls, pink bats, and a dodgy old car cash-back deal, rather than do anything of long term value.

Yes, I did like the idea of the NBN, right up until I saw the prices, right up until I saw the continually adjusted build and roll-out timetable, and right up until I saw that my suburb - being a true blue immovably Liberal seat - an inner city suburb, was not even in the plans, meaning not for at least five years.
Just one in four homes where the National Broadband Network has been operating for more than 12 months has signed up for the lightning-fast service.

The Australian can reveal that, of the first-release sites, the take-up is averaging 25 per cent, whereas 73 per cent of all Australian households have broadband.
That "25 per cent" sounds better than it is; the NBN has a few thousand customers, with roll-out being absurdly slow, and in suburbs where it is available, most people are declining to pay the silly price.  Don't blame them.

Meanwhile, my cheap, chirpy, fast and reliable Telstra WiFi is just fine thanks.
National Broadband Network deeply unpopular


  1. Can't wait for this inept government to be booted out on its arse, Caz.
    The bad news, is that they will probably be replaced by another inept government.

    Still, I for one am willing to take the risk.

    There are days I feel like throttling Gillard..

    What about that stupid not at all amusing (wooden) spoof she engaged in for tripple J, I think it was?
    Cringeworthy stuff. :(

  2. It's been a long year, twists, turns, twits.

    Twelve months Kath: I still think almost anything can happen.

    Anything other than Gillard or the ALP winning an election.