"Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has declared war on the public service, sending in police to investigate the leaking of a cabinet document and demanding even more work from his bureaucrats.Kev doesn't run the country, he runs around media cycles:
The Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Terry Moran, has called in the Australian Federal Police to find who leaked cabinet documents containing advice opposing the Government's FuelWatch scheme.
There are claims ''chaos'' has descended upon various departments and ministerial and department staff are working from before 7am to past 10pm only for their work to be ignored amid a controlling environment.
He also acknowledged his 24/7 work ethic had already provoked deep hostility among many public servants, but pledged to ratchet up his demands.
''I understand that there has been some criticism around the edges that some public servants are finding the hours a bit much,'' he said
''Well, I suppose I've simply got news for the public service, there'll be more.''
The work ethic of this Government will not decrease, it will increase.''
The commission's new analysis was unveiled only a day after a leaked cabinet document revealed the Government ignored multiple warnings from four senior departments that FuelWatch could lead to higher prices and compliance costs of up to $4000 for fuel retailers."
"Frankly, I do believe in burning the midnight oil", Kevin Rudd declared yesterday, in face of ever-louder groans from weary public servants. The trouble is, he also lights the burner before dawn.
The Rudd press office splutters into action around 4am, when a media assistant arrives. His policy advisers begin to appear from about 6.30am. There is a 5.15am hook-up of press secretaries from the offices of Mr Rudd and senior ministers (it occurs at the weekend too, though the hour is more civilized) and also an evening conference call. It's not all the PM's fault. The media cycle is almost around the clock."
Kev will flog 'em harder:
"The PM's office routine means departments must be on the go first thing, ready to jump to attention when Mr Rudd or his staff or ministers want something. Some departments have people on duty at 6am.Yesterday Mr Rudd said there should be flexible departmental arrangements so people could live "reasonable lives" — but the Government's "first responsibility" was to "those millions of Australians right outside the public service".
Mr Rudd still refuses to accept the tempo of marathons must be measured; several times yesterday he repeated there would be no slackening the pace."
Kev chooses relentless work for
"Here was the champion of working families promising to flog a whole city of largely Labor-voting working families, and a lot of them, already worn down by their Rudd-imposed workload, were in possession of government secrets.
Here was the slayer of WorkChoices, who electioneered on the theme that the Howard government was the enemy of the work-family balance, declaring he wanted those he was able to order around to work harder and longer.
The coming of Kevin Rudd, a driven man in obsessive search of endless briefings and the comfort of long documents on which to scribble and to shuffle, has placed much of the public service under significant pressure.
It is much tougher for those working in the office of Rudd and his ministers. Many begin their working days at 4am, have prepared their first ministerial briefings by 6am and stay at the office well into the night. The requirement for this sort of behavior, it is agreed, comes from Rudd himself."
Kev loses battle of the spin, despite never
letting other people sleep or have a life sleeping:
"A few weeks ago, The Canberra Times carried a front page story headed, "The city that never sleeps". Alongside pictures of departmental lights burning into the capital's night, the story reported dark jokes circulating about the need for a pyjama allowance in bureaucratic pay packets. The reporter and photographer discovered, prominently displayed in the cafeteria at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, packets of the sleep suppressant No-Doz.Rudd — having spent much of last year attacking the Howard government for failing to do enough for working families — declared just six months into his own prime ministership that his own Government had done all it could to help those same families deal with petrol, food and other living costs.
As Rudd and his colleagues look to the unaccustomed territory of their post-honeymoon period, they might reflect that the confusion and loss of focus of the past couple of weeks appears to be the sort of penalty that is often experienced by the stressed and the sleep-deprived."
I've never met a perfectionist who delivers good work.
I've never met a control freak who has control over them self.
Kev has lost the plot, he has no narrative, he can't massage a message, he can't control a simple spin.
This - from the man running the country according to media cycles.
This - from the man who takes an exulted pride in not sleeping.
This - from the man who has the biggest pile of briefing papers of them all.
Kevin's way, burning the oil at midnight, toiling at dawn
Rudd's honeymoon just marred