WITH BOTH co-deputy leaders of The Greens now out of the Senate due to a paperwork oversight, what hope is there for the rest of us caught-up in green tape, red tape, tax tape and all the other bureaucratic tapes legislated by politicians?
Over the last few months, the paper and electronic mail has piled-up as we clean-up after Cyclone Debbie and still get-on with all those winter jobs kept for when the weather is a bit cooler.
And that’s led to another blizzard of paper and electronic reminders.
Struth, you’d think we had 38-and-a-quarter spare hours a week to fill in paperwork — only if you are a bureaucrat and that’s your full-time, well-paid and handsomely-superannuated job.
I always liked a great uncle who paid his bills twice a year — a few weeks before Christmas when in town for Christmas shopping, and during the Winter Racing Carnival when he visited Brisbane to see the accountant and the gee-gees. Depending on the year past, the accountant’s advice and his parsimonious flutters, the mid-year cheques would be dated June 30 or July 1.
And if you didn’t like that, well he was about a 1000kms of mostly dirt road from Brisbane.
I think the only other paperwork he filled-in was to stamp his station number and fleece class on the old jute wool bales.
The good old days!
I’d just like all the politicians, when they are passing their many pieces of legislation, to reflect that if they can’t fill-out their own forms, remembering which countries they owe allegiance to, even with a dozen taxpayer-paid staff at beck and call, what hope for us ordinary folk who have to do a real job and still get the gobbledegook paperwork absolutely correct.