Was talking yesterday on the phone to an old and good friend who I had not had contact with for more than 15 years.
My friend started out as a PMG technician, then on to Telecom from which we have Telstra today. Of course we discussed the huge loss of customer care to todays mindset of company profits and performance. Its gotta make money or out. My friend rose to a senior position in the Training Department since disbanded by the arrival of our pal Sol, and of course to make this thingo pay bucks to shareholders. Nothing wrong with any of that, its progress and business.
I related my own path of leaving the Plod brigade also as I was offerred a good package and, our good Premier at the time Jeff, also wanted to get rid of doogooders that dont' pay. Used to be prevention, now its catch em and send a big bill in the mail.
Now I could ramble on in this direction with many similar tales related to the ole Marggie Thatcher idea of privatise and deregulatatise (because we can trust them in a free market), but will leave that for others if they wish to expand.
Anyway I have, as a discarded plod, been thinking about "Hoons" we see the term a lot in the newspapers, and some of the TV newsreaders eyes really light up with stern delight as they belt it out at 1815hours. No discrimination, both 7 and 9 here in Melbourne town.
Now this idea needs a lot of massage and scrubbing, but I suggest that instead of paying our hoon the dole (and in a lot of cases we probably are) why in pricipal do we not think of some alternatives, like giving them a job as tram conductors, railway attendants, bobbies on the street. Of course the wage bill would perhaps be greater for some work, but the benefits to the cummunty in easing fear and providing assistance to elderly or infirm would be huge IMVHO. The hoon may even become a much better and caring citizen and not then raise more hoons, Son may even become a tram driver. or perish the thought, go on to Uni and be a Doctor.
And I do concede that a lot of hoons come from good families also. And we are not just thinking hoons but marginalised young people everywhere.
Anyway, getting tired of the term "hoon" for the moment, day of rest and all, but sure we could talk about a lot more on this. Of course not much chance of change this year with an election but lets see if we can stir any water.