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Quote:Alan Jones verdict - SHAME IT IS FOR MICK MACK!






The Nationals will be ‘wiped out’ with McCormack in charge: Alan Jones
08/03/2021|3min
The only people who can’t see that Nationals Leader Michael McCormack is “totally unsuited for the role” are the “handful of sycophants” who surround him, according to Sky News host Alan Jones.

“This might seem unkind but McCormack is highly paid, yet he could not lead a horse to water,” Mr Jones said.


“As for the revelations last week that those close to McCormack have asked the prime minister’s office to help their leader with policy debate, could anything be more indicative of how hopeless he is?”

Mr Jones said those in Canberra who support McCormack in the parliamentary team “must have an electoral deathwish”.

“The Nationals will be wiped out next time around with this bloke in charge, they are already slowly bleeding after the 2019 federal election.”


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GBE/SOE (Independent Statutory Authority): A failed model of Governance??

With the current shambolic ScoMo Govt handling of the former(??) Oz Post CEO Christine Holgate's unfair (and possibly illegal) dismissal by the Oz Post Board, for her decision to gift $3000 Cartier watches to several of her top performing executives, I see some real parallels with the ongoing and despicable shenanigans with the current CASA Board, the Ag CEO/DAS and several members of his senior executive.

To help join the dots, first watch the following Sky News video segments courtesy of Alan Jones and Peta Credlin:



Plus:

   

So in Christine Holgate's case we had the Chair of the Board doing the bidding of the Minister (& PM) to dismiss an excellent CEO that was lifting the Oz Post bottom line and who recognised the essential services Oz Post supplies to the remote and regional taxpayers of Australia  -  Wink

Now remember this?

 [Image: chair-mick-mack.jpg]

 And today this on the Embuggerance thread: GlenB embuggerance update: 15/04/21


Quote:In the meantime, the Board is satisfied that, insofar as CASA’s dealings with you have been concerned, and to the extent the principles of the Regulatory Philosophy have been germane to particular aspects of those dealings, CASA’s actions have been consistent with its commitments under the Regulatory Philosophy, including principle 6.  On that basis, the Board is satisfied that, in substance, variants of the six (6) questions raised in your email of 24 February 2021 have previously been considered and effectively addressed by CASA on many occasions.

Which brings me to this today off the 20/20 thread:

(04-15-2021, 08:03 PM)Peetwo Wrote:  CASA random, stratified, bollocks survey -  Dodgy

 Hmm...picked up by Hitch today but apparently the CASA Stakeholder satisfaction survey results were discretely and without zero fanfare released last week - WTF?... Huh 

(Warning: Bucket maybe required. -  Confused )


Quote:Survey supports ongoing improvement

Date of publication: 8 April 2021

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has made a commitment to continue to improve following the findings of its latest stakeholder survey.

The survey found a small increase in stakeholder satisfaction, with a rating of 6.3 in the latest survey. The rating in 2018 was 6.2.


The results showed 54% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with CASA’s performance. While 17% were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied.


CASA’s acting CEO and Director of Aviation Safety, Graeme Crawford, said the survey results highlighted the important work already underway to improve CASA’s performance.


“While it is pleasing to see the ratings have remained largely steady, the results show to gain more support from the aviation community we have to improve across the board,” Mr Crawford said.


“The good news is that we have a program of work happening right now that is delivering positive change.


“There are initiatives underway to improve consistent information and decision making through the new centralised regulatory guidance service. Other initiatives include the expansion of online services in myCASA to enhance service delivery and the roll out of plain English guides to make it easier to understand and comply with regulations.


“We are also continuing to work with our staff to make sure they have all the relevant training and skills to regulate, educate and serve.”


“Our focus is on creating better systems and processes that deliver the results needed by the aviation community.”


The survey’s rating given to ease of compliance with regulations improved since 2018, rising to 6.3 from 5.9. The rating for confidence in complying with safety regulations remained at 7.4. Satisfaction with the development of regulations also remained steady, at a 5.5 rating.


Other areas to remain steady were satisfaction with consistency of decision making and the likelihood to make a voluntary safety report. Satisfaction with service delivery dropped from a 2018 rating of 6.2 to 6.0.


The survey was open during November and December 2020 using a random stratified sample of CASA stakeholders, with 755 people taking part.

Plus from Hitch's article:


Quote:Among the key findings from the survey were:

  • the average satisfaction rating for service delivery was 6.0/10, down only 0.2 from 2018

  • 49% of respondents said they were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with service delivery compared with 54% in 2018

  • there continues to be low agreement that CASA explains regulations clearly

  • 45% agree that CASA audits are critical to aviation safety and 41% believe the audits are done in a professional manner

  • only 33% of stakeholders agreed that CASA are consistent in their decision making

  • respondents continue to rate CASA poorly for industry consultation with an average of 5.5/10, largely the same as 2018 (5.6).

Results also showed that industry people were more dissatisfied after dealings with CASA staff than they were two years ago, and that satisfaction levels with CASA audit and compliance is at 36%, stable with the 2018 returns.

Faster Horses also conducted in-depth interviews with some respondents who expressed poor relationships with CASA, revealing:
  • that some believe they are operating safely in spite of CASA regulations

  • concerns about inconsistent answers or advice

  • frustrations over timeliness and transparency

  • that some find regulations hard to understand and accept

  • a damning perception of CASA culture, particularly when it comes to admitting error.
The survey was catapulted in to the limelight in November last year when AOPA Australia CEO Ben Morgan distributed the link for respondents to all industry contacts, not just the 6600 tagged to be sent the survey.

This caused then CASA CEO Shane Carmody to delay the survey over fears it had been compromised.

Hmm...yep nothing to see here Miniscule -  Dodgy

Yet another damning document for the RRAT Committee to table... Rolleyes : https://www.casa.gov.au/sites/default/fi...y-2020.pdf

Finally Sandy (never one to miss an opportunity... Rolleyes  ) scrawled this today to Peta Credlin:


Quote:[Image: 172136790_316129933202645_51930844322422...e=609E9195]

Sandy Reith


Hello Peta, I would like to hear more critical discussions about the concept and operations of Government Business Enterprises (GBE), particularly CASA. An experimental form of governance that goes against Ministerial responsibility, born out of the great Thatcher reforms but a distorted idea no doubt thought up by some clever mandarins, i. e., rule by experts.

The very term is a contradiction because governments are not businesses in the common understanding. In reality GBEs have become monopoly (illegal) service providers, unaccountable and pay themselves ‘commercial’ rates now that they are divorced from regular PS scales. In the case of the GBE CASA, our aviation regulator which is universally despised by virtually the whole of our aviation industry, has proven incapable of providing a rational environment for the operations of aviators and aviation businesses. We’ve lost thousands of General Aviation jobs, businesses and services throughout Australia, including hundreds of flying schools and charter operators.

Even irreplaceable airport land is being given over to shops and factories. Presently Moorabbin and Bankstown, which used to be vying for the spot as the busiest airports in the Southern Hemisphere, are being subsumed for non aviation developments. Aviation businesses are being evicted while, ironically, state governments protect adjacent golf courses.

Why not close half of our freeways and sell off long leases to shops and factories? A runway is like a road, the essential node to the super aerial highway to anywhere in Australia.

Regards, Sandy Reith (brother Peter).

HERE! HERE! Well said that man... Wink

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"Other initiatives include the expansion of online services in myCASA to enhance service delivery and the roll out of plain English guides to make it easier to understand and comply with regulations."

Oh my giddy Aunt, the Scottish Git never ceases to amaze me.

Other first world countries manage to produce plain English regulations that people can understand, that produce safety results that we can only dream of, that unshackle their aviation industries to thrive and grow and don't cost their tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars to produce over thirty years of so called reform. So CASA is suggesting spending more hundreds of millions to educate the industry so they understand the regulations poses the question, why were they not written in a form that people can understand in the first place. The current regulations are written so that they can be interpreted to mean whatever CASA decides they mean at the time and would probably tie up the high court for a few decades to establish exactly what they do mean in law, not what some CASA mandarin decides on the day.
Australian regulations to me, are written on the basis of liability and the protection of the "establishment" not as they are purported by the establishment, for safety.
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(04-15-2021, 09:54 PM)Peetwo Wrote:  GBE/SOE (Independent Statutory Authority): A failed model of Governance??

With the current shambolic ScoMo Govt handling of the former(??) Oz Post CEO Christine Holgate's unfair (and possibly illegal) dismissal by the Oz Post Board, for her decision to gift $3000 Cartier watches to several of her top performing executives, I see some real parallels with the ongoing and despicable shenanigans with the current CASA Board, the Ag CEO/DAS and several members of his senior executive.

To help join the dots, first watch the following Sky News video segments courtesy of Alan Jones and Peta Credlin:



Plus:

   

So in Christine Holgate's case we had the Chair of the Board doing the bidding of the Minister (& PM) to dismiss an excellent CEO that was lifting the Oz Post bottom line and who recognised the essential services Oz Post supplies to the remote and regional taxpayers of Australia  -  Wink

Now remember this?

 [Image: chair-mick-mack.jpg]

 And today this on the Embuggerance thread: GlenB embuggerance update: 15/04/21


Quote:In the meantime, the Board is satisfied that, insofar as CASA’s dealings with you have been concerned, and to the extent the principles of the Regulatory Philosophy have been germane to particular aspects of those dealings, CASA’s actions have been consistent with its commitments under the Regulatory Philosophy, including principle 6.  On that basis, the Board is satisfied that, in substance, variants of the six (6) questions raised in your email of 24 February 2021 have previously been considered and effectively addressed by CASA on many occasions.

Which brings me to this today off the 20/20 thread:

(04-15-2021, 08:03 PM)Peetwo Wrote:  CASA random, stratified, bollocks survey -  Dodgy

 Hmm...picked up by Hitch today but apparently the CASA Stakeholder satisfaction survey results were discretely and without zero fanfare released last week - WTF?... Huh 

(Warning: Bucket maybe required. -  Confused )


Quote:Survey supports ongoing improvement

Date of publication: 8 April 2021

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has made a commitment to continue to improve following the findings of its latest stakeholder survey.

The survey found a small increase in stakeholder satisfaction, with a rating of 6.3 in the latest survey. The rating in 2018 was 6.2.


The results showed 54% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with CASA’s performance. While 17% were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied.


CASA’s acting CEO and Director of Aviation Safety, Graeme Crawford, said the survey results highlighted the important work already underway to improve CASA’s performance.


“While it is pleasing to see the ratings have remained largely steady, the results show to gain more support from the aviation community we have to improve across the board,” Mr Crawford said.


“The good news is that we have a program of work happening right now that is delivering positive change.


“There are initiatives underway to improve consistent information and decision making through the new centralised regulatory guidance service. Other initiatives include the expansion of online services in myCASA to enhance service delivery and the roll out of plain English guides to make it easier to understand and comply with regulations.


“We are also continuing to work with our staff to make sure they have all the relevant training and skills to regulate, educate and serve.”


“Our focus is on creating better systems and processes that deliver the results needed by the aviation community.”


The survey’s rating given to ease of compliance with regulations improved since 2018, rising to 6.3 from 5.9. The rating for confidence in complying with safety regulations remained at 7.4. Satisfaction with the development of regulations also remained steady, at a 5.5 rating.


Other areas to remain steady were satisfaction with consistency of decision making and the likelihood to make a voluntary safety report. Satisfaction with service delivery dropped from a 2018 rating of 6.2 to 6.0.


The survey was open during November and December 2020 using a random stratified sample of CASA stakeholders, with 755 people taking part.

Plus from Hitch's article:


Quote:Among the key findings from the survey were:

  • the average satisfaction rating for service delivery was 6.0/10, down only 0.2 from 2018

  • 49% of respondents said they were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with service delivery compared with 54% in 2018

  • there continues to be low agreement that CASA explains regulations clearly

  • 45% agree that CASA audits are critical to aviation safety and 41% believe the audits are done in a professional manner

  • only 33% of stakeholders agreed that CASA are consistent in their decision making

  • respondents continue to rate CASA poorly for industry consultation with an average of 5.5/10, largely the same as 2018 (5.6).

Results also showed that industry people were more dissatisfied after dealings with CASA staff than they were two years ago, and that satisfaction levels with CASA audit and compliance is at 36%, stable with the 2018 returns.

Faster Horses also conducted in-depth interviews with some respondents who expressed poor relationships with CASA, revealing:
  • that some believe they are operating safely in spite of CASA regulations

  • concerns about inconsistent answers or advice

  • frustrations over timeliness and transparency

  • that some find regulations hard to understand and accept

  • a damning perception of CASA culture, particularly when it comes to admitting error.
The survey was catapulted in to the limelight in November last year when AOPA Australia CEO Ben Morgan distributed the link for respondents to all industry contacts, not just the 6600 tagged to be sent the survey.

This caused then CASA CEO Shane Carmody to delay the survey over fears it had been compromised.

Hmm...yep nothing to see here Miniscule -  Dodgy

Yet another damning document for the RRAT Committee to table... Rolleyes : https://www.casa.gov.au/sites/default/fi...y-2020.pdf

Finally Sandy (never one to miss an opportunity... Rolleyes  ) scrawled this today to Peta Credlin:


Quote:[Image: 172136790_316129933202645_51930844322422...e=609E9195]

Sandy Reith


Hello Peta, I would like to hear more critical discussions about the concept and operations of Government Business Enterprises (GBE), particularly CASA. An experimental form of governance that goes against Ministerial responsibility, born out of the great Thatcher reforms but a distorted idea no doubt thought up by some clever mandarins, i. e., rule by experts.

The very term is a contradiction because governments are not businesses in the common understanding. In reality GBEs have become monopoly (illegal) service providers, unaccountable and pay themselves ‘commercial’ rates now that they are divorced from regular PS scales. In the case of the GBE CASA, our aviation regulator which is universally despised by virtually the whole of our aviation industry, has proven incapable of providing a rational environment for the operations of aviators and aviation businesses. We’ve lost thousands of General Aviation jobs, businesses and services throughout Australia, including hundreds of flying schools and charter operators.

Even irreplaceable airport land is being given over to shops and factories. Presently Moorabbin and Bankstown, which used to be vying for the spot as the busiest airports in the Southern Hemisphere, are being subsumed for non aviation developments. Aviation businesses are being evicted while, ironically, state governments protect adjacent golf courses.

Why not close half of our freeways and sell off long leases to shops and factories? A runway is like a road, the essential node to the super aerial highway to anywhere in Australia.

Regards, Sandy Reith (brother Peter).

HERE! HERE! Well said that man... Wink

MTF...P2  Tongue

Addendum: Sandy in the Oz

Via The Oz article:

[Image: x0ULqvtP?format=jpg&name=small]

AusPost drama turns soap opera

Prime ministers must remember that we are a nation not of eggheads but of eggshells, always at risk of fracturing...


Quote:Sandy: "...Well said Henry, although I think times have changed and Christine Holgate has cause to protest, but certainly the contretemps raises the question, should far more attention be paid to the whole concept of the  ‘Government Business Enterprise’ (GBE)?

The GBE could be classified as a perversion of the Westminster system and was devised, probably by some smart mandarins, in the wake of the great Thatcher privatisation reforms.

No doubt the main attractions being, firstly, to release pay scales from the regular Public Service restrictions by the notion that these are businesses akin to true private enterprises, thus GBE salaries should reflect commercial rates. At least some, if not most, of our GBE CEOs are paid considerably more than the Ministers who are supposedly in charge.

Secondly, the concept would have been touted to Ministers that these new corporations would not only operate largely off the the Government’s budget on the principle of ‘user pays,’ but would also insulate Ministers from direct responsibility for the faults, or politically unseemly trends, that will inevitably occur.

These two particular features of the GBE have some very deleterious consequences. For example the GBE’s interpretation of ‘user pays’ will conveniently gloss over the fact that the main beneficiary of an orderly society is the whole community. In order to increase the bottom line, thus to pay higher salaries, the GBE has great incentive to produce a vast array of new permissions to which swinging fees will be attached.



All these new permissions go hand in hand with a plethora of new operating rules, all of the above perfectly well illustrated by the operations of one GBE, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Another crucial feature of the GBE, in contrast to that of a Government Department, is that being a corporate body it may be sued. It will therefore attempt to cover every eventuality irrespective of the outcome to the beleaguered industry under it’s control. In the case of the aviation industry, and particularly for General Aviation (GA, all other aviation than the airlines), it has persuaded Parliament to migrate virtually every rule into the criminal code with strict liability for ease of prosecution. This inappropriate move away from legal norms means that there is a climate of fear, a climate of non reporting of safety issues, and a climate of distrust of the regulator. CASA now has practically unlimited power and wields that power regularly and ruthlessly (see cases CASA versus Glen Buckley or Stan van de Wiel).

The experiment known as the GBE is a contradiction in terms, a fraudulent device because governments are not constituted or suited to run businesses, monopolies or otherwise, they do not have the incentives to run businesses efficiently or economically.

Monopolies produce bad outcomes and are therefore illegal in the real world of true enterprise where competition drives constant improvement and innovation, the cornerstones of our prosperity. Lowering costs and improvements or innovations are completed at odds with operation of a make work independent Commonwealth corporate body governed by it’s CEO and the inner circle of it’s top executives, in CASA known as the Iron Ring. The Board of CASA and the Minister have always been completely ineffectual as the Iron Ring waves the big stick of ‘Safety’ at them, this being an implied threat, especially the consequences of a major airline crash and the finger pointing that might ensue.

CASA is a classic example of the failure of the GBE model, it has caused the decline of Australia’s GA industry, we have lost hundreds of flying schools, charter operators and aircraft maintenance businesses. One result, lack of home grown pilots causing airlines to recruit overseas, 457 visa category, unheard of in prior years, before the CASA GBE, when we had surplus commercial pilots of our own. 

Not just the ever worsening calamity of CASA’s depredations confronts GA, it also suffers the lack of a rational airports policy. Another extraordinary failure of the Commonwealth’s overall aviation policy. We are seeing irreplaceable Commonwealth airport land being given over to shops and factories.

At Moorabbin and Bankstown, which used to be the about the busiest airports in the Southern Hemisphere, aviation businesses are being evicted, with no viable alternatives, and their premises demolished. Ironically, state governments protect adjacent golf courses which says to the observer that the recreational needs of a few golfers outweigh the keeping of our primary GA aviation hubs in Victoria and NSW.

A runway is much like a road, the essential node to the super aerial highway that gives access to the whole continent. Would you close half a freeway to build shops and factories?

Since 1988 when the GBE concept was implemented to remove the administration of aviation from Departmental control by creating CASA, other GBEs have been created such as AirServices Australia (ASA, airspace control) which has plowed billions into a scheme called ‘OneSky’ but failed to deliver a modern and efficient airspace environment. The CEO pay is $1 million pa plus bonuses, bonuses no doubt influenced by the level of fees ASA garners from the aviation industry. In the 1990s Dick Smith tried to cause reforms to our antiquated airspace regime but was stymied by the inaction of the then Minister John Anderson.

The years roll on, these glaring incompetencies in government persist virtually unnoticed, the GA industry is only a shadow of it’s former self, this on the continent where it would be most valuable.

Christine Holgate has fallen foul of the political game by being too much like the CEO of a private enterprise business even though as GBEs are ranked, at least AusPost has some competition and has a large number of private franchisees, unlike CASA or ASA..."
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Alan Jones disdain for Mick Mack Wink

Via Skynews Australia on Youtube:





Sky News Australia
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Sky News host Alan Jones says Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is “well and truly out of his depth”.

“What did the people in the bush do to deserve such an incompetent and invisible advocate in Canberra,” Mr Jones said.

“I'll tell you something, so ineffectual is McCormack that at the recent NSW state by-election in the Upper Hunter, the NSW National Party hid him under a rock”.


Plus via the SBG: https://auntypru.com/sbg-06-06-21-mick-m...ddy-whack/



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