Politicians' private lives are public business #auspol #usa

Politicians' private lives are public business. 

That is because as an officer of State, an elected or appointed official - whether supervisor, sheriff, State or Federal congressman, or executive officer - is obliged by trust, not merely contract, to act wholly in pursuit of the purpose of the whole nation. 

That national purpose is honesty, exemplary good behaviour, protecting the defenceless, maintaining the peace, ensuring equal opportunity, enabling prosperity. 

Behaviour otherwise is breach of that trust and is an injury to the nation, which should be made good.

The fraction of public corruption: simple arithmetic

Public corruption may be amenable to simple arithmetic.

That modelling might be useful to corroborate other proofs of official indiligence.

This fraction model might be useful in recovering to the Treasury public assets previously wrongly gained.

Besides, what’s the bother with corruption anyway? Quite a lot in fact.

Public corruption is the usual cause of war, and at war, public official corruption causes holes in the socks of sailors, soldiers and airmen, as well as skew weapons and ineffectual commands.

At home, public official corruption causes buildings to collapse, hospitals to lack physicians and surgeons and other practitioners and equipment, university and school results to regress, urban overcrowding, and unfettered vice industries, which promote impoverishing behaviours, anathema to enduring prosperity and confidence.

So, to the fraction. Boiled to basics, the official behaviour in examination might be seen as greed before, or over, duty. A preposition in words may suggest an arithmetic arrangement, no?

Can values be assigned? They should be, for several reasons. The nation sensibly deals with money, so if a dollar reference in this exercise may be obtained, that should be useful, if only for refinement.

Also, because we the nation need to put behind petty, old fashioned notions of crime and punishment, the good momentous approach being to avoid permitting personality measures to frustrate a perspective which may be to some degree revelatory, if not as well as relieving.

On the board is greed over duty. 

Is greed other than a vision of gold in one form or another, the auras of aurum?

Duty has simple complexion, of many facets, spirit of trust.

The fraction might then be seen as gold over spirit. Surely gold is heavier than spirit, more massive? A lot over a little? A big number, you should see the fraction! 

What drives a human? Hunger for gold? The hunger has an origin, and that is spirit, or an aspect thereof. So what is above the simple division horizontal line is something which is of lesser drive than that represented below the line.

As motive arithmetic, the preference of gold over spirit returns less than one.

That’s another way to see the return on common revenue of the common wealth, including the States, is less than what should be reasonably expected having regard to good standard public administration criteria.  

There’s no doubt the inverse of the fraction is a key to generating wealth, but that’s for another time.

ADPA will reform NSW CTP scheme to mutual co-op

There are many reasonably objectionable aspects of the degeneration of the New South Wales motor vehicle compulsory third party insurance scheme, the tax - compulsory levy - is  too high, the return on risk and actual loss too low, and so obvious where the arbitrage lies.

One aspect of the scheme permits a 'profit' return to the scheme-licensed insurers, on top of their claims administration fees, premium collection commissions. That profit is guaranteed extra income out of the NSW tax dollar, for no risk to the yield.

All it takes is a few drinks, party (all) donations, lobby lunches, conferences - domestic and abroad, and suddenly a collection of Connecticut reinsurers via Bermuda are creaming the good folk of Sydney and country.

The headline suggestion, that the scheme be simply remodelled to a mutual co-op, so able to conduct its business without the unfortunate political weaknesses exposed in statutory schemes' failures.

Such a co-op will reduce premiums, assure adequate risk cover, assure transparency of business, and bring responsibility to indemnities.

Gerrymanders defeat democracy, in #Texas, too #auspol

I live in the Houston area, an Independent voter who has problems with both parties. I consider myself a fiscal conservative and social moderate, one who could never vote for Mr. Trump and who had many problems with Ms. Clinton, mostly regarding the Marc Rich pardon (his wife gave major donations to Ms. Clinton) and the exorbitant "speaking fees" from companies such as Goldman Sachs. 

The fact that our elected national officials in both parties report to their party leaders first is disgusting. Texas Sen. Cornyn is typically seen standing behind Sen. McConnell while the latter abuses his power. Sen. Cruz at one point threatened to indefinitely refuse to give a hearing to any SCOTUS nominee from a Democratic President. 

The Representative from my Houston area District 36 is a Tea Party Republican who lives in a town of 2,500, about a two hour drive from most of his 700,000+ constituents thanks to gerrymandering. As Ms. Swartz points out, the national parties seem to be in business for themselves, at the expense of the local voters.

Steve Kennedy Deer Park, Texas

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Outcomes, not personality or party, is the only acceptable measure of public institutions

SMH 17.2.18 >> "Barnaby Joyce is a wonderful retail politician," Mr Abbott said. "He's been a very good Coalition partner to the Libs, and obviously there's been some pretty serious personal ups and downs, but the point I always make is we should judge politicians on how he or she is actually doing the job."
Abbott should have said: "We should judge politicians on the
outcomes they deliver". That would reflect an eye on the practical deliveries of services, prosperous circumstances, and confidence in Australian government institutions.

But no, the Abbott view is about styled personality. "A wonderful retail politician"? Woolworths is a wonderful retail politician. They deliver groceries. 

Joyce? He sweats sincerity during campaigns on television, or radio, or boozy hustings. Frankly, a Treasury should like to see Joyce's open books of accounts and assets. And Abbott's. Whatever their likeability or poses, we know their mothers loved them, but the question really is, is the nation faring well. 

There are straightforward criteria by which to assess that question, whether the nation fares well. Happiness, security, confidence, prosperity, harmony, equality, opportunity, freedom come to mind. Add others, please.

Australian administrative arrangements - the Federal system - fail the test. That raises the only real question in Australian politics, how by reference to function and purpose should the new system look, how that is installed, and can we send it back if we don't like it?

Australia Kingdom is a good first step.  AustraliaKingdom.com

Australian Catholic Church officers secret public assets

In the 2000s, many in the charity world had hoped accountability of all churches would improve under Labor’s proposed new regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) which was eventually established in 2012.

But a 2013 Fairfax Media investigation revealed how a lobbying campaign by churches - the office of then Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell was a key player - had been instrumental in restricting the new regulator.

The churches had demanded of the then Labor government that the ACNC bill exempt "basic religious charities"- the large, unincorporated churches, including the Catholics and Anglicans - from annual financial reporting requirements and from the ACNC governance standards.

They argued that such reporting was an unreasonable burden on overworked local parishes, an argument that never washed with the experts. "Of course they know how much money they’ve got," says Professor Ann O’Connell from the Melbourne Law School, a specialist in charities and taxation and an adviser to the Australian Taxation Office.

Fairfax Media has obtained annual financial reporting forms that Melbourne’s parish priests are required to complete for the church's head office. They ask for at least as much financial detail as the statements the regulator requires from non-exempt charities.

But the Catholic church was not just worried about the reporting burden on parish priests. In 2013, parts of the church - the Sydney archdiocese in particular - wanted the ACNC abolished entirely, a promise the Coalition was happy to give ahead of the federal election that year.

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