For a long time this site has published the writings of Viv Forbes who is a particularly articulate skeptic on the
global warming, climate change, what ever the current truth demands it be called, issue. Viv has been a great advocate of limited government for many years.
Economics.org has recently started providing a very valuable service to those of us who believe in liberty, free markets and other libertarian perspectives, in republishing some of the forgotten works of our former luminaries. Singo is one of them and Viv is another guy who’s contribution is valuable enough to make the grade. In this one, written when Howard became PM, he outlines his views on the ideal cabinet:
The people of Australia, in a huge roar of disapproval, have sent a warning to Canberra: “Get out of our lives and out of our pockets.”
But the first act of the new government, an act of ominous pusillanimity, was to announce a huge federal ministry of 28. John Howard needs a small, tough, machete-wielding Cabinet to carry out the multiple amputations needed to downsize the octopus in the ACT. …
The Model Federal Ministry
• The Prime MinisterWhile the first nine are pretty self explanatory, the Office of the Bureaucratic Predator may cause some confusion among those of you who have not been around libertarian politics for very long. Viv explains it here:
• The Defence Minister
• The Controller of Spending
• The Federal Liquidator
• The Minister for Sound Currency
• The Minister for Legislative Repeal
• The Minister for Tax Reduction
• The Minister for Decentralisation
• The Trade Facilitator
• The Office of the Bureaucratic Predator
The Bureaucratic Predator should be one who looks on bureaucracies as Rome looked on Carthage. The enemy must not merely be defeated, it must be destroyed utterly — sacked, razed, burnt, pulled down brick by brick, and the ground ploughed and sown with salt.
This job should be let out to tender for a period of three years, the successful tenderer getting the right to 10% of the total budget for all eliminated bureaucracies for 5 years.Sounds fair to me. Full article here.