DO YOURSELF a favour — as music guru Molly Meldrum used to say on Countdown — and watch the first episode of series three of ABC TV’s program Utopia.
For anyone interested in developing northern Australia, it’s a ‘comedy’ on the federal and state government political and bureaucratic mess on funding northern projects.
Just like the reality, several years down the track from major announcements, no money has actually been delivered
That’s sad enough — there’s humour so close to the bone it is painful.
But if that isn’t enough, the half hour also intersects a story on getting local government planning approval, AND (there’s more)…what bureaucrats get up to in the office.
If you are a taxpayer, have a box of tissues close by so you can weep.
Bureaucrats probably take the episode seriously — as a training manual.
But politicians should be tied to a chair and forced to watch, along with a boxed set of that old standard Yes Minister.
If you don’t think Utopia is close to reality, you are probably right.
The episode didn’t include the Northern Development Minister, just on the verge of actually delivering some outcomes, having to resign because he might be Italian.
Truth is stranger than fiction!