29th Mar 2017

How much was Tony Shepherd paid for chairing Commission of Audit?

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How much was Tony Shepherd paid for chairing Commission of Audit?
Ben Hocking

Earlier this week, Tony Shepherd suggested Australia risked being crippled by pension spending. Kaye gave her thoughts on his comments, and many of you asked what Mr Shepherd was paid by Australian taxpayers for chairing the Commission of Audit back in 2013-14.

So, we did a little digging and the results were revealing. Mr Shepherd was paid $1500 per day while working on the Commission of Audit. He and his four fellow commissioners, including former Liberal Senator Amanda Vanstone, were in the highest pay bracket that exists for specialist advisers to government.

Mr Shepherd’s daily pay while working on the audit is 24 times the daily rate a person earns on the full Age Pension ($62.65 dollars per day).

In total, it has been reported that Mr Shepherd was paid around $85,000 for his work on the Commission.



The audit, which was designed to help the Government ‘live within our means’ also had a little problem in that area.

The Coalition predicted that the commission would spend around $1 million producing its report, but once it was delivered in May 2014 it ended up costing taxpayers closer to $2.5 million. 

The amount it cost to produce the report could fund 113 people on the full Age Pension for one year.

Is Mr Shepherd qualified to talk about further reducing access to the Age Pension? Let us know your thoughts.

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hmmm
29th Mar 2017
10:12am
Tony Shepherds $85K is safe, nothing he says has to make any sense, as is shown by the fact that Amanda Vanstone is included in the charade.
Aussie
29th Mar 2017
12:39pm
I was bloody correct a f consultant making money from us and using us as a baseline ...I was right on what I say yesterday ....
Shit people ....
Aussie
29th Mar 2017
12:40pm
We could save 85K for the budget and give us some peace .....shit
MICK
29th Mar 2017
7:29pm
Tony Sheppard is a government troll. Anything you get from this piece of work will be along the normal class warfare lines you hear from this government.
It is no surprise that Sheppard is attacking average citizens and retirees. That's what he does.
TREBOR
30th Mar 2017
12:15am
... and what he's paid far to well to do.....
Adrianus
30th Mar 2017
7:21am
Oh no MICK, not another troll??!!
He shouldn't be allowed to post on here!!
Rae
31st Mar 2017
8:34am
And Julie wants us to be extradited to Communist China as a "gift" to the visiting Premier. Tells us how much we mean to these self servers.
Tassie
29th Mar 2017
10:28am
What a crock...unreal...but you can blame those who employed them for such a waste of taxpayers money..I agree with hmmm..about the Vanstone charade...I know these guys are well educated for the job-undeniable..but where is this govt at paying out that much of the taxpayers money...my mind boggles at what we don't know that goes on with our money..????
Rae
30th Mar 2017
10:24am
They are no better educated than others and the going rate for an academic is around $400 a day certainly not $1500.

Some get paid far too much to ensure others only get a pittance.
Discontented
29th Mar 2017
11:09am
Just makes me angry
Adrianus
29th Mar 2017
10:20pm
Breathe, breathe. That's good. Now think back to a time when you were really happy. great, you're doing well.
Liverpool Anne
29th Mar 2017
11:12am
Typical, another case of gouging into the taxpayers money. The excuses given for not reigning in this spending, would make great joke book. Shame
Phil1943
29th Mar 2017
11:22am
Could I be a little bit intemperate and suggest that Mr Shepherd's 2014 findings were exactly what he was paid to 'uncover'? Increasingly the federal government is using smokescreens like enquiries, investigations, reviews - whatever to produce statistics that justify its actions. These usually involve cutting support for something like healthcare, pensions, the homeless, and so forth. Those pollies know only how to line their own pockets but not how to meet their responsibilities to the citizenry. Toss 'em ouit!
Tinker
29th Mar 2017
11:23am
I googled Tony Shepherd to find that he is successful and serves on many boards where his experience is broad. But he knows nothing about the aged pension and why should he, he never will have to give it a fleeting thought.
What is missing is a coherent retirement income policy that is robust and allowed to stay in place. Unfortunately the debate has been hijacked by the investment and funds industry because the more they can have people put into superannuation the more they profit from it. What happened to the three tier retirement system? What happened to the original intention that superannuation would supplement the aged pension so that retirees could have a comfortable retirement? The aged pension monitored by Centrelink is cumbersome, outdated, transaction centric with reporting limits that are plain crazy and costs a fortune to manage. And where are the senior associations or any decent spokesperson for the aged and retirees.Write to your local member and tell that Shepherd is way off key.
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
3:09pm
Already sent it to Big Mal himself..... awaiting a response
Triss
29th Mar 2017
9:35pm
You're right, Tinker, if we grumble among ourselves no-one will hear, it's only people power and getting involved that will make any difference.
I'll be interested in Malc's response, Trebor, I wonder if he'll do the replying or will it be one of his minions.
Adrianus
29th Mar 2017
10:17pm
I googled "union Boss" and guess what? Yep that's right! They are the only ones who know anything about pensions.
TREBOR
30th Mar 2017
12:18am
That's a serious left fielder, Frank. How did 'union boss' get into this? Like anyone else - they are entitled to their opinion - just like this Sheperd twerp - but we Real People can judge for ourselves.

You must have been thinking of Hugo Boss......
Rae
30th Mar 2017
10:29am
Yes Frank we should never have let them sign that Accord. We should have gone after the money like the right did. It isn't too late.

Sack all unions and then everyone just stay home until the wages and salaries catch up to the fancy right wing typical $1500 a day gig.

20.1% rise in corporate profits. Let's get our share. No more Mr and Mrs nice Person kept under the thumb by those damn Unions.
TREBOR
30th Mar 2017
10:37am
Funny thing - my embryonic book, "The Rape Of Australia" starts with the Hawke years.... it's only an idea on the horizon at the moment.. but who knows.... too much researching to be done with all the tasks I have on right now.
TREBOR
30th Mar 2017
10:38am
Mate Grinds think alike...
Adrianus
30th Mar 2017
11:30am
I see Rae, only "right wingers" are paid that sort of money? At my club a hooker is worth much more.
Rae
31st Mar 2017
8:44am
Frank a "hooker" at your club is obviously not a low income earner and quite possibly on a stable contract or self employed.

They are not being paid a pittance so the club can reap huge profits and shoot the money off shore with out tax being paid. They are, hopefully, not 457 workers being bullied and underpaid.

Or is the club owned by an international corporation?
Adrianus
1st Apr 2017
4:25pm
The club is an NRL franchise Rae.
I knew I would trip you up on that one! :)
maelcolium
29th Mar 2017
11:36am
These so called bodies formed to review these types of matters are just slushies for ex politicians and corporate cronies. None of the audit group has any particular experience or qualifications other than they were "connected". In the case of Vanstone and other politicians they should piss off and retire quietly on their over valued pensions. The corporate leeches as far as I'm concerned are unemployable has beens, always looking for a good paying gig.

I have post graduate qualifications in economics and can say with authority that welfare spending is not a drain on the public purse or stealing from future generations. The notion is just without factual basis. The Federal Government is the issuer of fiat currency and provided there are sufficient real productive resources in the economy to purchase, they are never revenue constrained. They are not like a household budget where funds are finite and anyone who says anything other than this is either uneducated in economics or plain lying. Shepherd probably is stupid as most business people don't understand macroeconomics but carry on as though they are the font of knowledge. If he was really successful he would be sunning his crusty old body in Capri and not grafting away to earn some pennies. It's about time people stood up and called bullshit on these parasites. The whole purpose of his report is to put fear into people that the Government will run out of money and give them an excuse to follow their ideological leanings at slashing welfare. I for one am not easily fooled.
BJ Moose
29th Mar 2017
6:04pm
Thank you maelcolium for your succint and accurate summary of the rubbish that Shepherd spouted as the mouthpiece for a government that is devoid of a policy platform for managing the economy beyond the results of the next opinion poll. Rather than defending welfare spending as an integral part of the responsibility that comes with governing for all Australians, they channel the opinions of large donors who expect to get a return on their 'investment'. The economic mismanagement of the LNP can be attributed to ineptitude, ignorance, inventions, evasions, distortion and deception in the pursuit of their own ideological agenda.
Rae
30th Mar 2017
10:33am
Well said. That under 3% of GDP spent on welfare is a drop in the bucket. Corporate profits are going through the roof. No need for tax cuts when you can increase profits by 20.1% in a quarter.
Adrianus
30th Mar 2017
11:47am
Where do those corporate profits go Rae?
Oh I see?
30% of it goes to the ATO.
Well where does it go from there?
Well along with the tax from 50% of workers it is used for paying pensions and other welfare.
Some profit may get reinvested which creates more jobs.
Then the lions share goes to Mr and Mrs Shareholder. Who also get an imputed tax credit. Oh dear, I wonder what they do with this dividend? By golly, I'm told they buy food with it.
That has to stop immediately!!
We cannot have this sort of thing going on while we're trying transition to a communist regime.
MITZY
29th Mar 2017
11:46am
If the Coalition's estimate for this Audit (one item of advice) ran $1.5 million over budget, credence can't be given for the bigger pictures. I will listen and take what is pronounced in the May budget with a grain of salt. Once again this is a waste of time and effort paying out taxpayers' money for advice of which the average Aussie once again is targeted to include the home in their assets.
Time to start pushing this government to get every cent of tax from all those who are not paying any!
I presume Tony Shepherd and the other advisers gave the government the answers they wanted to hear and took them to the cleaners to the extra cost of $1.5 million.
We elect these people to "our" Parliament to make decisions on "our" behalf and then they give their buddies the job of advising, sprout the advice, over pay them handsomely and it then goes to the rubbish bin because they then "leak" it knowing full well the outcry it will receive from the taxpayer.
Surely we have enough information in the hands of the taxation office and the public servants (some of them paid considerably more than the politicians) to know where they can extract the funds from those that pay little or no tax instead of trying to reduce or eliminate pensions. Note a recent article on one of the big electricity energy producers who boasts it will pay no tax for the next three years and others that pay less tax than a nurse working in a hospital!.
Nothing ever changes.
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
12:22pm
I presume Tony Shepherd pays buggar all tax on his various strands of income.... it'll all be done through 'legal' blinds and cut-outs.....
Rosret
29th Mar 2017
11:54am
Yep - overpaid.
Rosret
29th Mar 2017
12:01pm
I could have said what he did for zip and given the $1m the audit cost to my grandchildren's local public school.
What a wonderful boost that would have been.

I am really getting 'over' the boys giving themselves money for jam.

I WILL NOT vote for any party that takes from my private super fund or assesses pensioners home to reduce their pitiful payouts.
Pamiea
29th Mar 2017
12:02pm
Corruption to the max.
STOP paying pollies after they retire
START taxing big business that avoid it now
START getting tougher in our laws like Singapore so the legal system stops being a circus feathering the nests of rich lawyers and costing the legal system millions
STOP family trusts that are a rort to avoid tax
I mean is it so hard??
Nursie
29th Mar 2017
12:04pm
What a disgraceful waste of taxpayers money!! Obviously this was a poorly done review by persons who have no reality checks in place. After raising children as a female single parent (widowed) who did not qualify for any government assistance I just worked and paid for my children's home, education and healthcare etc etc and volunteered in many areas as I am sure many others have done. It is distressing to hear comments such as these. There may be people who have this sense of entitlement ......perhaps politicians who claim to not understand the rules regarding entitlements but ask us to allow them to make decisions affecting our country??
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
12:18pm
He's a leech like the rest of them - any sound 'minister' or PM could get all the information required from the already-paid Public service.... that's what they are for....

Just another job for the mates run at the national till.....
Adrianus
29th Mar 2017
5:14pm
The problem is TREBOR nobody will listen unless the solutions come from an independent inquiry.
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
9:01pm
That's the whole point - it wasn't an Independent inquiry. It was a paid for comment bunch of already converted.
johnp
29th Mar 2017
12:49pm
I agree with most of those here and suggest that Australia risked being crippled by the extreme spending on such as the likes of Tony Shepherd and all the many others on similar gravy train as him
Eddy
29th Mar 2017
1:02pm
This take me back to when I lived in Queensland with my local member being a certain Joh Bjelke Peterson (hope I spelled (or should it be spelt) that right). Joh made the observation that in government you never started an inquiry (or Royal Commission et al) unless you knew exactly what the result would be. Things haven't changed.
Eddy
29th Mar 2017
1:16pm
This just goes to prove that the days when the rich believed in Noblesse Oblige, that they had an obligation to the less fortunate, are gone. Any cash they can grab is fair game to them. Any man or woman of integrity with their means should have done this job for no more than reimbursement of legitimate expenses. Amanda is getting a parliamentary pension and then wants more! Maybe I should charge our local school for spending half a day per week listening to children read.
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
9:06pm
Certainly agree, Eddy - since they already are well fed, they have no need for the little extra.

I would have done it for legitimate costs, which, BTW, would have been pretty good, with good accommodation and meals...

There was not ONE representative of any group affected directly from this 'inquiry' who had a voice, and it all came down to:- "We, the betters, decree - and you, the lessers, OBEY! and why should we have one of YOU on the board, since you know nothing."

Insolence of office, real office or not.... and got its just deserts from people and Senate - with more to come unless they change their tune.

How any government can be so blind as to ONLY look at such filthy issues as robbing the poorest of the land, when there are countless avenues for REAL reform in tax capture which is currently fleeing overseas at the speed of light, is beyond me.

It says either this lot are totally self-interested, or they are outright totally socially and economically illiterate.
andromeda143
29th Mar 2017
1:03pm
Shepherd, Vanstone, Abbot, Morrison, Dutton, Bernard. These are all euphemisms for 'obscene disregard for compassion toward one's fellow human'. Turnbull is not far behind them.
They all believe in robbing the poor to give to the rich. The sooner they are off the scene the better.
bebby
29th Mar 2017
2:26pm
Where is Robin Hood when we need him?
Crowcrag
29th Mar 2017
1:09pm
Again, the stale process of employing people who you know will state what you want them to. Was there a real pensioner on the panel? Or is this just another example of that other old con of putting something very nasty out there before a budget, only to have it reduced to plain nasty, and making people think they have had a win. "Well, at least they only chopped one arm off. Could be worse!" Look out, Shepherd- that old person walking behind you may be a very grumpy ex karate champion from the mafia.
KSS
29th Mar 2017
1:30pm
Consultants at $1500 a day is pretty standard in many sectors and some get even more. Half his luck!
Tom Tank
29th Mar 2017
1:53pm
What you say is absolutely true but the issue that worries me is that the government knew roughly what the report would say just to confirm their own actions as being influenced by an "independent" report.
To have a bunch of "Haves" dictating that pensions are a problem is really stretching credibility. They are trying to take us for fools and in some cases quite successfully.
There are in fact quite a number of actions that, not only can but should, be taken to sort out any budgetary problems but I seriously doubt the current government has the intestinal fortitude to implement them.
Observer
29th Mar 2017
2:00pm
It is appalling that the "Your Life Choices" writer Ben Hocking can go back some three years to dredge up information about how much Shepherd was then paid and quote it in reference to his current comments, apparently as proof that he was overpaid or biassed. Come off the grass...this is just proof of seeking to give validity to that ridiculous proposition by using any irrelevant rubbish you can get your hands on. Your credibility is shot!
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
9:09pm
Oh - we like to do them slowly and then reheat as needed..... left-overs are often pretty good fare.......

I was considering 'reheat' in terms of - say - an F-16 twin afterburner.......
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
9:11pm
"Halo Flight Leader to Halo Flight - on my mark, drop tanks and hit it to the wall! One... two.. three.. MARK!"
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
9:11pm
Sorry - that was F-15.....
WayneD
29th Mar 2017
2:19pm
I bet he didn't work an eight hour day for that money, pensioners are pensioners twenty four hours a day.
The government is the biggest drain on the Australian economy.
Sack most of them and save millions.
TREBOR
30th Mar 2017
12:24am
Probably did most of it 'working from home' - meaning a bunch of lackeys put the stuff together that was already in the domain of the public service, then a few Party flunkies added their spin to the recipe, and upon direction from the Party Incumbent - they spat out what that Party wanted to hear and try to pass off on what they thought was a gullible public and a gullible Senate.

Bad mistake...... and if one of those twerps ever is offered such a position again........ I think a rope and a twelve foot drop is in order.

We, the People are NOT in the business of enriching politicians or their mates or their old buddies in politics. We, The People, are in the business of government to ensure that the best is done for the most.
WayneD
29th Mar 2017
2:19pm
I bet he didn't work an eight hour day for that money, pensioners are pensioners twenty four hours a day.
The government is the biggest drain on the Australian economy.
Sack most of them and save millions.
Adrianus
30th Mar 2017
11:35am
Pensioners working 24/7 without a break. Where are the unions? Is there a pensioners union?
Adrianus
29th Mar 2017
2:22pm
Lawdee, talk about shooting the messenger?
I tend to agree with Shepherd when he says,
"continued failure to address looming problems caused by the ageing population will ultimately erode the living standards of younger Australians."

We are asking far too much of young people today. We want them to fund our retirement and their own as well.
With this in mind I agree to having the home in the assets test and the sooner the better.
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
3:11pm
"continued failure to address looming problems caused by poor government will ultimately erode the living standards of younger Australians and older Australians."

All fixed - no $3000 a day consultant's fee applies for first correction.....
Knight Templar
29th Mar 2017
3:12pm
Why stop there Frank - if you're going to screw retirees let's subject each retired politician's tax payer funded pension (another form of government welfare) to an asset/income test and include their home/properties as well.

There are many areas for saving without the constant attack on retirees. Billions are paid to young people in a vast array of Centrelink benefits funded to a large degree by older working Australians. It's not a one way street.
Adrianus
29th Mar 2017
5:11pm
It's becoming increasingly difficult to make a logical statement of fact on here without getting attacked by a pack of screaming wild beavers.
Knight Templar, nobody is singling out retirees. Shepherd's comment was directed at the increasing cost of welfare which is 33% of the budget and getting higher.
Something has to give. We cannot keep squeezing business and the 50% of workers who pay the welfare bill, while calling them all the names under the sun and making life difficult for them, without coming to the end of the rope.
It will get to a point where an increase in the GST becomes the only solution and when that time comes our living standards would have dropped significantly.
I'll tell you how this will pan out.
Labor gets back in tables an increase to the GST. It gets through with the help of the LNP who also get the blame.
MITZY
29th Mar 2017
5:31pm
I don't think we are asking too much of young people today. A lot of them are at school and university too long. Many retirees/pensioners on this website would have started work at 14 in labouring or other menial task jobs and not been a burden on the public purse. However, when it came to retirement they didn't have the tidy lump sums of the more fortunate today. Many of them live in modest homes and in so doing their homes are their castles. The government and its advisers should forget targeting these " past hard working Australians" and start targeting where they know quite well there are plenty of opportunities to pay all and sundry a pension.
Some of these current pensioners with no other means of support are probably trying to hang onto their homes in order to have the funds to pay for a nursing home when that horror finally hits them.
All we hear is how many pensioners we are going to provide for in the future (all doom and gloom) never anything about the attrition of so many of them and never anything about the ones who will be better off in the future due to decades contributing to their retirement from compulsory superannuation commenced more than twenty years ago during the Keating reign. These retirees will be partly or fully self-funded. People die and are replaced with more people requiring less help or no help and some time ago when prophesizing to 2050 it was stated the numbers will be much the same as they are today.
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
9:14pm
Same bearers of false tidings need shooting...

Imagine if the runner had come back from Marathon, and said -

"There's no problem - the Athenians and Spartans etc don't need reinforcements.. they're having a picnic.... oh... no... no.... those aren't Persian coins in my belt..... ummmm...."
Adrianus
29th Mar 2017
10:05pm
I can see you don't have children MITZY. (Interesting that the hard line communists spell their name with upper case.) Otherwise you would understand the sacrifices made by a parent with the primary motive to make sure a child's life is better. There can be no greater proof of love. And why stop with your own offspring? Why not wish that improved future for all children?
I really do feel sorry for the hardship and suffering of many posters here. It's becoming too painful for me to continue reading posts.
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
11:49pm
Good man, Frank. I feel for you and feel the same... but to change things for the better will take more courage than we ever dreamed we had.

I want an excellent future for my grand-children - my children are doing all right.... but I genuinely fear for the future.
TREBOR
30th Mar 2017
12:28am
" Shepherd's comment was directed at the increasing cost of welfare which is 33% of the budget and getting higher."

Define Welfare.

We live under a regime of Social Security bought and paid for through our strandS of taxation....and all those strands come from the end users...............................

So what is this 'welfare'? If I want 'welfare' I go to the Salvos or Vinnies and beg..... otherwise I draw on my Entitlement.
MITZY
30th Mar 2017
10:08am
You are so wrong about me Frank. What's more I don't surmise on anyone's background on this site, never have and never will. So many here make statements judging others. Most of my comments refer to how I see it for other people, not myself. My "name" here is not even anything to do with my name, it's my beautiful miniature poodle called MITZY and she deserves every capitalised letter in her name. Before she was 2 years old she had three different addresses and was so weak and thin and scared of what was in store for her next. Today she is happy, fit and well and approaching 6 years.
Adrianus
30th Mar 2017
11:22am
Well TREBOR if you want to put it in the strandS expenditure column then perhaps we should push ahead with increases to welfare. But just to balance the ledger why not increase the GST too? Increases to both welfare and GST will see more cash flow.
Johnno11
29th Mar 2017
3:01pm
To my fellow Australian retirees. I trust you have all heard of the government's "Futures Fund". For those of you who haven't let me enlighten you briefly. It is the pollies and public service superannuation scheme. As I have been led to believe, the federal government will be needing billions and I mean billions of dollars to make up for a shortfall within their supet funds by the year 2020. Irrespective of the cause for the shortfall they have to get it from somewhere?. This is where the Australian taxpayer and more cut backs to the age pension will come in. Surely we, as fellow Australians, would not deny these pollies and fat cat public servants of the right to live a very comfortable life style that "They are entitled and accustomed" to? That's not what Australians are made of. Am I being too generous with my statement or am I just being sarcastic.
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
3:12pm
Welcome aboard - I've been slagging that one for months if not years.
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
3:26pm
I find it unconscionable that any 'government' would lift $130 Bn dollars out of the economy and stash it in a safe, tax haven spot for the benefit ONLY of its own, then get the very creator of this slush fund to 'administer' it at a hefty salary on top of the 'pension he already receives from it.

Grand Theft Canberra as someone else called it today...

No wonder the peasants are restless out there when the demand is put on them to tighten their belts and take another loss......
reggie
29th Mar 2017
3:44pm
how is $1500 per person per day justifiable let alone why was this audit needed ...what a waste of money...homeless people could ave probably eaten well for a few months...how was this audit publicised...never heard, read about it.
I am amazed that we are so maligned, I started working when i was 14 and half minus 3 years when i had my children and i am still working now at 72years
reggie
29th Mar 2017
3:45pm
how is $1500 per person per day justifiable let alone why was this audit needed ...what a waste of money...homeless people could ave probably eaten well for a few months...how was this audit publicised...never heard, read about it.
I am amazed that we are so maligned, I started working when i was 14 and half minus 3 years when i had my children and i am still working now at 72years
surfin dude
29th Mar 2017
5:24pm
Soooooooo.!!!!! Mr Shepherd earned in one day the approx amount I have to live on for a whole month.He was paid that enormous amount to tell the Government how to further reduce my small pension. Earned after a full working life in Australia. INIQUITOUS.....All the rich fat cats are allowed to keep their money and we pensioners are expected to help keep Australia afloatI am so angry and upset at this possible scenario...
Observer
29th Mar 2017
5:29pm
And I'm 75 and still working, started when I was 16. But I dont believe the world owes me a living, and Shepherd's comments are absolutely correct, as you have noted Frank. we cant expect the 50% of people working to pay the rest of us, if we can afford to support ourselves. So of course your house should be included in the asset test. If that means you have too much to get the pension, well sell the house! I am about to apply for the pension, and will be very grateful for that support, without which I would starve. And all the tax I paid - well I got all the roads and health care and education for me and my kids which I paid taxes for. That was not a fund to support me in my old age. But Pollies deserve a super fund too, and what shepherd received three years ago has absolutely nothing to do with his comments NOW.
Adrianus
29th Mar 2017
10:29pm
Observer, I think I started work when I was about 7, casual of course. By the time I was 12, I was working 6 days a week before and after school. I didn't need to study I was dux of the class. I left school at 14 to start my first full time job to support my mother. I've never thought that I was entitled to anything that I didn't buy with sacrifice.
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
11:51pm
Frank - not everyone is in that boat. I never thought I was entitled to anything, either, until I clashed with government and found that while they were happy to feed well for doing nothing, they were also happy to screw everyone else.
TREBOR
30th Mar 2017
12:30am
Child labour, child abuse, and contravention of the Award... your employer should have been jailed.

I was dux - completed High School in an A class at fifteen...... had no money or family money - was on my own from sixteen....

So.... the point is?
Johnno11
29th Mar 2017
8:17pm
Consider this. A Royal Commission on the incompetence of our government's and public service ineptitude and mafia style administration over the last 40 years. Now that's a constructive thought. But also make them all accountable.
TREBOR
30th Mar 2017
12:32am
They'd need to look at the real impact of certain policies and legislative moves..... all of which abrogated the Rule of Law......

Those responsible should face criminal sanction and compensation from their own assets.
Adrianus
30th Mar 2017
8:03am
Johnno11, you have hit the bulls eye there mate! It's Australia's "ball and chain." The public service and our political system, which has developed a culture of incompetence and clique mentality. It has become more important to win the game of "one upmanship" than to develop a solid strategic plan for our country. The stupidity of our politicians is on display at question time. Regardless of the barbs and insults traded, we need to look at what is done rather than what is said, or promised. We are falling behind globally.
TREBOR
30th Mar 2017
10:33am
Roundly applauds.. well said, Frank.
Waiting to retire at 70
29th Mar 2017
9:21pm
Mr Shepherd, like his political puppeteers, lives in an economy.

We all need to live in a community. $'s is part of that community, but clearly not all of it (even James Maynard Keynes knew that almost a century ago) .

Mr Shepherd demonstrated, not just from his commission's report, but with his life's work that he has a good sense of business and the economy. What he hasn't demonstrated is any sense, good or bad, about community. That's sad for him. I think most of us know what he is missing out on. Would you trade your community for $85K (about equal to Judas's 30 pieces of silver)?
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
11:54pm
Indeed - that kind of cold calculator brain (dollar signs in the eyes) type misses out on the one salient point of ANY economy - it is supposed, in this day and age and in THIS nation, to provide for all to the best of its ability - not just be some rich person's playground.

Those days are gone with the days of the robber barons.
gadsby
30th Mar 2017
7:29am
Well to be perfectly honest Waiting to retire ,the short answer is YESSSSSSS
lol
gadsby
29th Mar 2017
10:13pm
I wonder what he see's when he looks in the mirror every morning.???
hypocrite
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
11:56pm
A smug, successful, self-satisfied, smirking ghett who has no idea what he is in reality....
TREBOR
29th Mar 2017
11:56pm
A smug, successful, self-satisfied, smirking ghett who has no idea what he is in reality....
Adrianus
30th Mar 2017
8:10am
Interesting question.

TREBOR you should not have looked.
TREBOR
30th Mar 2017
10:34am
Buggar - that mirror has its faults.... I blame the workmanship.....
Fair go
30th Mar 2017
7:31am
Reading these comments I sense there are many out there who like me think the system is broken but can't quite see what the cause is. I found the answer in a recent book by economist Richard Dennis "Econobabble". Words straight off the back cover - this book "is for those who, deep down, have never believed that it makes sense, economic or otherwise, to help poor people by slashing public spending on the services they need. ... And its for those who think it would be more efficient to reduce unemployment than to ship jobs off shore or blame those who are out of work."
Happy reading.
Adrianus
30th Mar 2017
8:39am
As a former Bob Brown adviser, what makes you confident that Dennis does not use Econobabble for mathematical justification?
Fair go
30th Mar 2017
11:58am
In response to Frank - Richard Dennis does not use econobabble to refute econobabble - he uses common sense.
George
31st Mar 2017
12:51pm
Complete waste of taxpayer's money on a Liberal party mate / leech / incompetent fool.
Alphonse
4th Apr 2017
9:02pm
Shepherd has just been in court. See link.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/audit-chief-tony-shepherd-pushed-traffic-forecasts-on-lane-cove-tunnel-20140812-103beq.html


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