While political newshounds have been yapping and snapping at the rodents who reduced the grounds around Parliament to a wasteland, we should wonder which watchdogs – if any – are covering the myriad of other ratholes in and near Parliament Buildings.
While media attention has been fixed on the occupation by protesters of the grounds of parliament, the government is pushing through the Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill which will trample over the property rights of pastoral leaseholders.
Point of Order visited Ludemann’s Homepaddock during a roundup of our favourite blogs after we found bare picking on The Beehive website.
The Point of Order Trough Monitor has alerted us not to the latest bucket of government handouts (seasonally gift-wrapped) but to an observation from American economist Thomas Sowell which mentions both government grants and Santa Claus in a few pithy sentences.
We were tempted to draw Shane Jones’ attention to Sowell’s observation but – hey – it’s Christmas. And why pick on him for special mention?
All ministers have some say in the redistribution of the billions of dollars collected by the Inland Revenue Department.