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5 May 2002

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May 5: An Anniversary to Remember

Ten years ago today (5 May 1992) the professional standing of Queensland's Public Service and the ideal of natural justice were demolished by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

How this was done is outlined below

This case was only one of the abuses of power that hundreds (or perhaps thousands) of other competent public servants appeared to be subjected to in the mis-management of 'reform' under the Goss administration  whose collective impact has been to: 

This sad anniversary of the day when yet another nail was driven into the coffin of Queensland's public ethics should be marked by a sunset ceremony and a 2 minute silence.

John Craig

How It was Done

The professional credibility of Queensland's Public Service was lost, and the concept of natural justice (ie that a person should be entitled to a fair hearing before judgement is made) was ignored, when:

When asked about this, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (in the exceptional circumstances in which it deigned to reply) used to pretend that 'the matter had been fully discussed' - even though the Department always carefully avoided even mentioning that the dispute was about its refusal to allow professional merit to be considered.

Now however the Department seems more than happy to concede that it it could not provide any reasonable justification for its actions (noting that it expressed satisfaction with my explanation of its actions  as outlined on my web-site in a follow-up to my letter of 15/11/01).   The Department no longer seems even to pretend that its actions were not a gross abuse of power, or that the Public Service needs to be a professionally credible organisation.

The overall result has been that natural justice has been delayed (and thus denied) for many years.

The core of the particular technical breakthrough mentioned above relates to the effect that knowledge (widely regarded by both conventional and 'new' growth theories in economics as the key factor in economic growth) can have in changing the causal relationships in an economic system  - and thus in achieving very large changes in economic outcomes.

This concept is outside the framework of conventional ('positive') economics, and is of immense philosophical and practical significance in relation to accelerating economic development and succeeding with innovation.  The concept is also directly relevant to understanding the major features of profound cultural differences between Western societies with a classical Greek heritage (who use rationality and science in problem solving) and those with an ancient Chinese heritage (and a-rational means for problem solving). This potentially provides a key to: breaking down intellectual barriers to better relationships with major communities in East Asia; and to comprehending the ‘economic miracles’ which many East Asian countries enjoyed, as well as the factors contributing to the Asian Financial Crisis. [see also 1, 2 and Probable Breakthrough in Understanding Economic Development]