Monitoring Possible Injustices

The state election campaign is now well underway in South Australia.

The Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble is continuing to monitor possible injustices in this part of the world, whilst continuing the search for substantial evidence.

All members of the ensemble know that possible injustices are not the same as evident injustices.

False allegations are an injustice in themselves though that rarely stops practitioners of the lesser forms of reportage from making claims public.

Gossip is one of the most dangerous forms of exploitation.

Approaching the task of monitoring

There are many forms of monitoring, just as there are many ways to examine election campaigns

The Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble will obviously be holding political candidates to account in South Australian between now and 17 March.

All members of the ensemble have already been asking the most important political questions in South Australia.

There is also much corruption in Australia.

Monitoring the state election campaign

The domineering political parties in South Australia have now officially launched their campaigns.

The publicly-expressed hostility between those parties is evidently uncivilised, long-term and ingrained. 

Monitoring purported credibility

Many politicians have left political parties in the past whilst still sitting in parliaments.  They have then become independents, or officially joined other parties, or established their own political groups. 

Many failed candidates have also joined other parties subsequent to their loss(es).

The above may therefore indicate either that:

a) Those political players were more interested in attaining political power than in supporting a policy platform, or

b) The policy platform was merely a scam by party power brokers, put together in order to attract candidates to serve a hidden agenda.

In view of this, at least a few of the political candidates representing particular parties could possibly be frauds.  If they win election, they may then become independent parliamentarians, or establish new political parties, or join a different party.

Who is speculating on the subject in relation to the current electoral campaigning, and what is evident?

Identifying evidence of hidden agendas

Whether examining the possibly unfair exploitation of natural resources or questioning the structural aspects of political systems, any good citizen will carefully monitor possible injustices in search of evidence.

In the public interest, including intergenerational equity, essential information about public funding should be easily accessible to every member of the public.  It should not be hidden in a mass of online propaganda, glossy reports or locked away filing cabinets.

Acting in the public interest

The public has a right to know, simply, quickly and easily, what is happening in relation to federal public money, state public money and local council public money

All impartial public servants should have the right to delete propaganda from government documents and websites.  The propaganda should then be sent back to the political parties, where it more appropriately belongs, with an invoice for the costs.

All non-impartial public servants should be sacked.

Politically active persons should not receive public funding for that activity, in any capacity.

Reminding politicians of their obligations

Once in parliament, the duty of every elected person is to monitor the implementation of policies taken to the electorate by the government.

The priority should be to monitor possible injustices, gather evidence and present that evidence to the relevant authorities.

Obscurantism is an injustice.

If you are a political candidate, please note that members of the Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble do not enjoy having their time wasted by obfuscation.  They do not forgive obstructiveness.  They want the essential facts and they want them immediately, without all the sloganeering, glossy printing and irrelevant photographs.

Making the best use of time

According to documents from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, federal government revenue is measured quarterly.

There are many statistics in Australia.

Unfortunately, pages on government websites, at both the state and federal levels, are frequently removed, without suitable redirections.  That is an injustice in itself.

Hiding and/or deleting important documents is an injustice.

Providing irrelevant web links is an injustice, too.

Monitoring public revenue and public spending

Near the end of one of the state government's many multi-coloured PDF spin documents about the state budget, hidden away on page 24, total state revenue is recorded to be around $19.15 billion this year with total expenditure of $19.08 billion.

Why those pie-chart figures are not placed on the home page of every state government website is a mystery.  It is information every South Australian needs.

With household debt in Australia amongst the highest in the world, most voters urgently need a few lessons in managing budgets wisely.  Unfortunately, very few people appear to understand the economic implications of high household debt.  That may be why they do not understand the personal, political and intergenerational implications of government debt.

Making the time to learn

Monitoring possible injustices in South Australia is not particularly easy, at any time of year.

Many people claim to lack the time to do so, for various reasons.  They are therefore unhelpful. 

Seeking substantial evidence

Government websites are often utterly useless when attempting to find simple, essential answers.  Much investigation is therefore required.

At the federal level, according to the ABC, the Commonwealth government's annual revenue this year is expected to be almost $433.5 billion.  The federal government's expenditure is expected to be over $464 billion.

It is impossible to "repair the budget" or pay off government debt with that sort of arithmetic.

About 16% of taxes in Australia are raised by state governments and 3% by local governments, according to The Conversation.  That means that more than 80% of taxes are collected by the federal government.

Identifying actualities amongst possibilities

The federal government transfers some of its budgeted expenditure to the states.  The states then transfer some of their budgeted expenditure to local councils.

There will be council elections in South Australia later this year.

The Australian Local Government Association presents simple facts and figures about the level of government its members represent.

The South Australian Local Government Association has some simple facts and figures about local councils in South Australia.

The Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble has not yet been able to locate similarly simple facts and figures about state government activities in South Australia.

Finding the truth

Only when the truth of history has no political consequences is it easy to find.

Anyone involved in discovering the truth about South Australia is likely to have experienced political intransigence and bureaucratic indifference from time to time.

Whatever your genealogical origins, there may have been secrets in your family history that you have been uncovering.

You may be distressed when your accessibility to valued places or information or items or experiences is thwarted.

Acting wisely when in possession of the truth

If  you intend accessing the Adelaidezone in the future, you may be required to provide evidence of your wisdom to the Custodians of the Adelaidezone Gateway.

You may be asked to demonstrate your knowledge of public finance.

You may be expected to know the state of South Australia's financial position.

You may even be expected to provide evidence of your repute in relation to financial matters.

Ascertaining basic facts and figures

There are many comparisons to be made when attempting to ascertain whether local data sets contain evidence of injustices.  Yet an injustice can only be ascertained accurately through direct observation of events. 

Direct observation is itself an injustice when privacy is intruded upon.  Even so, each injustice is likely to have unique features of relevance in policy terms.  

Monitoring and planning

Over the next few weeks, you may be more interested in participating in a worthwhile world première than in contributing to the appointment of the next premier of South Australia.

Each online presentation associated with Villa Twaklinilkawt has been planned as a world première.  There have been few prior announcements about those occasions, and no hype.

The public usually finds out about those occasions indirectly, through unpaid social media announcements.  The responses are carefully monitored.

The purpose of government

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the purpose of government is:

"...the provision of non-market services, the regulation of economic and social conditions, and the redistribution of income between sections of the community."

How does that definition of governmental purposefulness compare with your own?

You may be seeking a new career as the next premier of South Australia.

You could even be seeking a new career as the next prime minister of Australia.

Both positions are relatively well paid in relation to Newstart Allowance.

With Australia's federal parliament sounding more and more like an American television soap opera, or even a British farce, you may have the ability to write a more dignified narrative for the future of Australia's public sector.

Local decisions

The Local Government Association of South Australia is not happy that the South Australian Liberals want to cap council rates.

But if you have considerable personal and/or household debts and/or mental health problems, you may have fewer choices on what to do in life, even if you are eligible for a Disability Support Pension.  You may even believe you are being overly monitored at present.

A deficit of trust

Large businesses often cannot be trusted.  That is most usually due to the fact that there is inadequate, official oversight both within those organisations and through external, public sector scrutiny.

You may have already been involved in the process of informing the South Australian public in the public interest after witnessing breaches of public trust.

Monitoring dangers

Collecting official data may be your first step.

The next step is to acquire an up-to-date list of official, South Australian public sector contacts.

An up-to-date list of federal government contacts is also likely to be useful to you.

In almost all circumstances, public sector employees have a duty to respect your privacy.  In all circumstances, they have a duty to maintain your security.

Scenarios and contexts may or may not be hypothetical.

Testing a hypothesis scientifically may or may not address injustices sufficiently.

Identifying possibilities

If you want to gain a foothold in a career as an investigator in the news media, or of the media, you may need to rename your Newstart Allowance.  In fact, you may already call it your News Tart Allowance.

Flaunting yourself provocatively in the mass media tends to be an essential requirement of a job as a journalist or commentator or politician, or any other performing artist nowadays, whatever your gender, age, cultural background, qualifications or talents.

If you establish a business, you may currently gain free publicity and credibility for it by writing opinion pieces for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's website.

Apparently, an opinion by a business owner, with a link to the business website, is not considered to be in breach of the ABC's Charter, even when displayed on the ABC News website.

Questioning assumptions

It is not yet known when the Adelaidezone will be served with a fast and reliable connection to the outside world.

Telecommunications services are only as good or bad as their weakest link.

It is the same with many other services.

A better service is only as good as its lowest quality participant.

Transport infrastructure is only as good as the latest traffic jam or bottleneck.

Health services are only as good as their waiting times.

Monitoring performances

Many people somehow manage to bluff their way through interviews, auditions, media conferences and panel discussions.

Dishonesty is an injustice.  That is why competent critics provide an essential public service.

No matter how good your contacts happen to be, please be aware that the performances of monitors, moderators and critics are also likely to be monitored.

Who has been monitoring you?

Monitoring unjustifiable spending

After the state election, any candidates and groups receiving at least 4% of the vote will be eligible to receive public money as a consequence of that good fortune.

Beforehand, the louder political players are likely to spend large amounts of money from donors.  They may do so mainly as an investment.

By attracting a disproportionate quantity of votes, as a consequence of advertising, those political parties know they can recoup at least part of the cost at public expense.

There are apparently expenditure caps for each candidate and party seeking to receive public funding. You may wish to monitor the effectiveness of those caps, in terms of fairness.

Identifying contradictions

Injustices are likely to appear whenever there are contradictions within that purpose.

Politicians are often contradictory creatures.

Noticing a mess

One person's idea of a mess is often another person's indication of productivity.  It is the same with noise.

One person's idea of working hard is another person's experience of noisy and unnecessary intrusiveness.

A quiet person may be struggling to complete an analytical assignment as a consequence of too many distractions.

Similarly, an overly tidy person may be under-occupied and possibly even bored.

Identifying overlapping responsibilities

With so many federal government departments and agencies, how many of those entities duplicate work, either at the federal level or with state government departments?

How much duplication occurs between the state government and local councils?

When politicians make a mess of things, who should pay the price?

Who is meant to monitor whom, and how?

Questioning costings

Politicians tend to focus on infrastructure projects rather than social services. 

Infrastructure is easier to observe than the necessary but complicated and labour-intensive work involved in social interventions.  The latter are usually significantly underfunded, as indicated by the extent of social problems.

Suitably qualified and experienced persons involved in social interventions know that protecting and advancing enlightened values in South Australia should be a priority of all political candidates and parliamentarians.

But when have you ever heard a politician celebrate the creation of professional, health and social care jobs through the mass media?  Should public sector social scientists start wearing hard hats, florescent jackets and steel-capped boots to prevent themselves from being overworked and underpaid?

Identifying ulterior motives

You may expect all candidates in the state election to monitor possible injustices.

What have you discovered, to date, about your voting options?

Only two unendorsed candidates have so far registered with the South Australian Electoral Commission for the public funding scheme whereas fourteen Registered Political Parties have signed up.

Discovering biases

You may know which mass media sources of election coverage are the least biased, and which are not.

You may even know which social media sources of election coverage are the least biased, and which are not.

What do you usually do when you discover biases in the mass media, and through social media?

The Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble supplies the world's least biased news service, of course.  It only ever promotes an ideal, not reality.

The purpose of the ensemble is to ascertain the truth and compare it with an ideal.

The reality is that most people have neither the opportunity nor the talent, the energy, the knowledge or the motivation to bring an ideal into practice.

All South Australian voters should therefore be aware that they will be voting for reality, not an ideal.

Monitoring political advertising

You may be monitoring political advertising on Facebook in relation to the state election.

You may be monitoring political advertising in all sorts of strange locations.

You may be wondering why Stobie poles become outdoor art galleries of dubious public benefit during election campaigns.

You may be wondering which political candidates in the state election have long been advancing South Australian fairness and which have not.

Advertising and fairness have rarely coincided.

Assessing claims of leadership

True leaders know how to train team members and delegate parts of the work appropriately.

A true leader works like a conductor, not an entire orchestra.

A true leader trains team members to be true leaders.  And everyone can benefit by learning how to conduct.

Any good symphony conductor monitors every player in an orchestra, without play an instrument.  A good conductor expects everyone to play their parts appropriately, during auditions, during rehearsals, and during the eventual performance before the public.

Critiquing political videos

If you claim to have made a career out of critiquing election campaign videos and party political broadcasts, all members of the Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble are likely to express concerns for your mental health.

Whatever the content of election campaign videos, such works tend to be short-form fantasy constructs, much like pop music videos.

An enlightened critic has the ability to analyse such productions scientifically.

Some political campaign videos are in the fantasy-horror genre.

Some political campaign videos are in the fantasy-superhero genre.

Some political campaign videos are in the fantasy of manners genre.

Some political campaign videos are in the musical comedy fantasy genre.  Such productions may or may not be in the running for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video but at least they supply something more original than the usual parody sword and sandal episodes of Australian politics.

For comparison, of course, there are the epic video fails by federal public servants.  The tragedy is that the latter productions are made entirely at public expense. 

Examining and measuring standards and efficiencies

To be stuck in a boring job for a long time is obviously an injustice, whether in Canberra or South Australia, unless it is very well paid.

It is also an injustice whenever conscientious, unpaid citizen-journalists, acting in the public interest, find it difficult to ascertain the truth about standards and efficiencies in the public service.

The most straightforward supplier of the currently required information is the South Australian Local Government Association, not the state government.

Expected state government revenue this financial year is $21.5 billion.

Any budget surplus, whether of $72 million or less, or even more, must be used towards paying off over $6 billion in state debt.  But will that happen?

Assessing the fictional universes of political parties

The main problem with politics, all over the world, is that people with differing ideologies inhabit different fictional universes.

Anyone professing an ideology does not live in the real world.

How are South Australians to receive proper training of most relevance to their future prosperity?

Who is gambling dangerously with that future prosperity?

Mental health and justice

There are, apparently, twenty-two state government departments in South Australia.  All relate, in some way, to mental health and justice.

Mental health and physical health are related to environmental health, in both urban and rural locations.

It is difficult to be frugal with energy in a badly designed building.  In fact, many badly designed buildings make people feel ill.

Those structures have usually been constructed on the basis of ego, not good design.

Even the cleaning products and furnishings can make people feel unwell, as can the strongly perfumed deodorant of a co-worker.  Yet sufferers are often accused of imagining symptoms.

Where will public enlightenment be found in the future?

Monitoring behavioural issues

Every injustice involves behavioural issues. 

How do you account for unfair behaviours towards people and other creatures?

In any part of the world, people with debts and mental health problems need understanding.

Monitoring the behavioural issues in government departments, and amongst parliamentarians, is an important public service in itself.  Many public servants and politicians are likely to have mental health issues and/or debts, too.

All bullies have mental health problems, wherever they interact.  They also contribute to the ill health of other people.

Seeking evidence of political interference

It is difficult to ascertain the truth about Australia when governments cut back on the staff once employed to help that process.

A significant number of federal public servants have reported witnessing possibly corrupt practices.

Tenders are a huge political issue, at both the state and federal levels, and even in local government elections.  Most low-cost tenders probably do not work as intended.

Unfairness during tendering processes is rarely open to proper public scrutiny.  Little is done to prevent friends and acquaintances, and political donors, from being given government contracts.  A lack of openness is the first sign of possible corruption.

It is often difficult to know when an indirect donation has been made to a political party, or to a public servant.  Any donation could be a disguised bribe.

There may also be interstate lobbyists eroding the rights of South Australians in relation to water and energy.  Excessive access to shared resources is an injustice.

And how can you be sure no foreigners are meddling in South Australian politics?

Which media organisations have you selected to bring you election coverage, and who controls those organisations?

Making even more useful comparisons

Which community and professional organisations are making the most useful comparisons between policies in the state election campaign, and why are they doing so?

If you are a representative of at least one of those organisations, the Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble invites you to supply a brief summary of your policy analysis.

Assisting the Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble

For independent researchers, and groups of citizen-journalists, there are many difficulties to overcome whilst attempting to assess the true cost of government policies, and the possible cost of policy proposals espoused during election campaigns.

The basic questions are:

1.  Why do government departments waste our time when we seek information?

2.  What was the entire income of the federal government in the past twelve months?

3.  What is the entire debt of the federal government at present?

4. What has been the entire income of the state government in the past twelve months?

5. What is the entire debt of the state government at present?

6. What is the total income of local government in South Australia?

7. What is the total debt of local government in South Australia?

Can you ascertain the essential facts here and/or here or do you require other sources?

Once the total income and total debt of each level of government, and each department of government, of most relevance to South Australians is known, the Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble will find it much easier to calculate whether public expenditure on policy proposals will be viable, worthwhile and a good investment in and for South Australian society.