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And so we did our P&C business, and then the politician was given the stage.He is a nice, young bloke. Articulate. Well versed in local issues and local concerns.
I just don't agree with him.
I don't think that decentralising the Education Department is the best option in the long run. I don't think the impact will be on the front-line staff. And certainly not in the short-term. I think it will be the middle management tiers that it will effect and this will be once the media focus is off the whole situation. I don't buy the spiel that there will be no change to overall funding. What government isn't trying to save money?
I have seen the same pattern in Health. They disbanded all the Area Health Services and introduced Local Health Districts, managed by Boards. It all looks good on paper; local people making local decisions, more input from the doctors and no clinical staff have been effected (some professions have seen enhancements). But it is now, a year on, that we are starting to realise that doctors are very good a medicine, but do not necessarily have the skill set to manage health services.
And there are the job cuts. Support services are being restructured. Positions are being culled.
The fact that the government has been busily changing industrial relations at the same time; tweaking 'displaced persons' policy, introducing voluntary redundancies etc. has made it much easier for positions to be deleted from the system. And positions are people. People who may have been working in the public health sector for many years. Dedicating themselves to making the health system the best it can be.
If they can do it in Health, they can do it in Education.
At the end of the day, I just want my children to get the best possible education that they can. Just like I want patients to have access to the best health care available.
It is politics that gets in the way.
So when our lovely, articulate young local MP spruiked his brand of politics at the P&C meeting, I had a few things to say. Just a few.
I love a good argument.
Do you shy away from conflict?