Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 13/10/1999

Music - Die Fledermaus

Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Wednesday October 13, proudly sponsored by Tuariki Tobacco Ltd, the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.

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So the Parliamentary Inquiry's Report on the Trirds is out. The Mafia has reported on its hit men. You'll be hearing the details during the day; I want to focus here on one very important passage from the report which should seal Graham Holland's fate & raises a number of wider questions as well:

"The culture of any organisation stems from its leaders. Some submissions to us suggest that the department's senior management team, including the Commissioner, have engendered a culture of punishment and fear which impacts upon both staff and in turn taxpayers. Irrespective of the extent to which this is true, we believe that there must be a cultural shift within the department, and that shift must come from the top.

"We acknowledge that the department has a compliance and enforcement function which often requires it take firm steps to ensure taxpayers are meeting their obligations. However, from the evidence we heard, we consider that the department's culture is one which sometimes emphasises enforcement at the expense of providing a courteous and professional service to taxpayers. The fact that taxpayers have obligations which must be met does not excuse the manner in which some taxpayers have been treated by the department.

"We do not consider that the department needs to use the threat of sanction as a means to encourage compliance to the extent that it currently does. The vast majority of taxpayers will willingly comply with their obligations, as long as they are treated civilly and are made aware of their responsibilities. We do not question that the law will at times need to be firmly enforced. However, we believe that the pendulum has swung too far towards the use of sanctions and threats to enforce compliance. Taxpayer satisfaction must become paramount for the department. The Public Service Association spoke to us of a culture of 'punishment and fear' in the department and of management imperatives which stress efficiency and speed over quality of service. It believes such an approach can lead to undue pressure being placed on staff to meet unrealistic or inappropriate performance targets, which in turn can lead to a breakdown in the department's relationships with taxpayers. What we consider is required is an attitudinal shift. This shift needs to come from senior management and involve a restatement of values focussing on the needs of the department's customers."

Well, you won't get a change of culture from the same senior management who created the current one. So of course, Graham must go. And not with a golden handshake, either. But let us remember that Graham was only "doing his job." Sir Bubonic Birch, who singled him out for special praise in his valedictory address last week, gave Graham his police state powers (which, incidentally, the Inquiry has recommended remain), & gave Graham the tacit go-ahead to turn the IRD into a Gestapo. Sir Bubonic is known around Parliament as the "Prince of Darkness." It is said flippantly, but in reality Sir Bubonic is one of the most evil people in the land. There is much more of Ian Mutton's blood on HIS hands than on Graham Holland's. Sir Bubonic should at the very least be stripped of the $600,000 lump sum you & I are paying him on his retirement & the annual pension you & I are paying him thereafter.

All the other politicians who live off the money the Trirds take forcibly from us should stop spouting this nonsense about "customers" and acknowledge that they live off the proceeds of theft & that the victims of the theft are just that - victims - not "customers." The Inquiry's much-vaunted "Taxpayers' Charter" should trumpet the fact that by the principles of natural justice, these victims have no "obligations" at all, other than those they have voluntarily taken on, & that compulsory taxation is an immoral imposition which should be phased out.

Above all, you, dear listeners, should look to yourselves at this sombre moment. Graham is merely a symptom of Bill. Bill is merely a symptom of the philosophy of collectivism, which most of YOU still embrace as ardently as he does. The twentieth century has been the Century of Collectivism - the most blood-soaked in man's very blood-soaked history. When will YOU ever learn?

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