Dr Andrew Leigh is an excellent Labor operative who has tried to introduce performance-measurement in NGOs and now Federal Treasury, but

  • NGOs are notoriously adverse to managerialism and their activities are softly qualitative, and
  • the Feds have no longer a logical chain of reasoning from Strategic Vision > expected outcomes/KPIs > engagement with stakeholders especially in the user groups and community > data collection & collation > annual Budgetting and performance contracts (agency & executives) > quality circles for “continuous improvement.

In fact, he is on a ship without a rudder, trying to measure whether going forwards, sideways or backwards:

A-G Dreyfus is facing the charge that he is breaching statutory law in many respects while prosecuting a whistle-blower who was enforcing the law – Dreyfus should go to gaol if he puts McBride there.

Accompanying pages show many facets of the same situation, as does the book Unholy Secession. Sloppy co-corruption between LNP and ALP produced this (in the absence of the excellent Morris-Cox TRANSAC’ discipline and professionalism):


Add that the Prime Minister appeased law-breakers at the expense of the National Interest (“Nation Building”) and the citizens of Australia. He said “no one will be left behind”, so he left them out at sea in a leaky brig.

Albanese is more accountable than Leigh who would do a better job if freed of Albo’s chains, as he has to face the wall over these miscreances:

This is where Leigh should put his efforts, this is a key quote from OECD’s Economic Outlook 2020:

Reviewing all government expenditure will be necessary to ensure adequate spending on high-priority areas and people, and enhance growth without threatening debt sustainability.  Starting a review of public expenditures early is important because reallocation of spending towards priority areas is usually gradual. 

That is referenced in the comments on the Treasurer elsewhere but the most glaring example  is the waste on “urban  shiny tools” instead of sound and proper  budgets for social well-being and climate mitigation among  other things.

OECD also wrote,

The adoption of well-designed fiscal rules, and a reformed budget process that strengthens incentives for prudent long-term planning and provides better information, would help shape budget decisions.  … independent fiscal councils and specific budget tools like the long-term fiscal target could be helpful ….

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