Thursday, April 5, 2012
Rough Guess Governance Exposed.
The teaching profession (pre National Standards) improves practice and developes curriculum based on research and evidence. Scientists use research and peer review to develop new knowledge and technologists use research and modeling before developing the final prototype. Lawyers use Acts, Regulations, Statutes and case law to progress their cases and Doctors use years of training, on going professional development and professional texts and journals to guide diagnoses. The National Government, having the responsibility for governing the economic, social and environmental health of our nation, routinely ignores research, science and professional advice and admits to "rough guess" decisions. Examples abound:
1) The value of our state assets before committing them for sale - rough guess.
2) The justification for spending $12 billion on Roads of National Significance - a guess and huge assumptions.
3) The justification for gutting our foreign service - No research or consultation, a McCully guess.
4) The introduction of National Standards - Little research, most professional advice ignored, an ideological stab in the dark.
New Green MP, Julie Anne Genter exposed the shocking reality of National's decision making with some sharp questioning today. The following exchange makes enlightening reading (full transcript and video linked above) :