2019 Federal Election Thread

 
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
The inevitable has happened - Julie Bishop has taken a non-executive position with Palladium, an international consultancy firm.
I have no doubt that her knowledge from the days as Foreign Minister will be gratefully accepted.

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  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
We've followed the US to the point where consultancy firms are huge beneficiaries of government programs. No wonder it's a huge employer of ex-politicians/public servants/military personnel. If the US experience is any guide taxpayers may not be getting value for money.
Again, when I look at my country now-days I see somewhat of an Argentina or South Africa progression happening; corruption has become so brazen, large and organised that its putting the very integrity of our government at risk.

Since 9/11 our politicians have steadily moved themselves beyond effective scrutiny. If something may prove controversial or embarrassing make it secret. Australians have less right to know than 23 other nations including the USA and UK.
Democracy cannot function within totalitarian boundaries.
Groundrelay
It's turned into a really corrupt cabal and right at a time when it needs to become more accountable. The huge amounts of expenditure should ensure some enhanced oversight but instead it goes the other way and everything gets shrouded in secrecy. It's incredibly bad for taxpayers that Pyne went to work for a consultancy charging $100,000,000 a year for 'advice'. You can bet the cost of that 'advice' will only get more expensive.

We just have way too many interest groups robbing Treasury and as a result the business of actually running the country has become quite badly impeded. Privatisations and asset sales have removed any recourse to other streams of income and as discussed previously revenue from income tax (the biggest single source of revenue) is shrinking because the people who actually support the nation are experienced wages stagnation.

The growth in Commonwealth/State/Local debts is totally unsustainable like the eighties; at some point something will break.
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
The inevitable has happened - Julie Bishop has taken a non-executive position with Palladium, an international consultancy firm.
I have no doubt that her knowledge from the days as Foreign Minister will be gratefully accepted.
Valvegear

https://thepalladiumgroup.com/

I'm sure thats the main reason she got the job in the first place. The art to building any career is to capitlise and/or leverage off your experience to reduce the amount of re-learning required and hence time lost in a typical 40-45 yr working career.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
The art to building any career is to capitlise and/or leverage off your experience . . .
"RTT_Rules"
Please ignore your American mates - "leverage" is a noun; it is not a verb.
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
‘Leverage’ is a noun and a verb...

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/leverage
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
‘Leverage’ is a noun and a verb...
Aaron
I am talking about the English language, and I accept  the authority of Oxford. My copy shows "leverage n . . . . " i.e a noun.
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
So the Collins is published in which language?
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

‘Leverage’ is a noun and a verb...
I am talking about the English language, and I accept  the authority of Oxford. My copy shows "leverage n . . . . " i.e a noun.
Valvegear
As does Chambers, and for what it's worth, my printed Macquarie.
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
Dictionaries at 30 paces, but of course who's dictionary do we use and which is right or wrong and NO Australia does not use exclusive English spelling, that concept died out years ago.


To add another few definitions

The simple concept of “leverage” has the power to get you more time, better fitness, career or business success, financial control and relationship satisfaction. ... Understanding how leverage works is the first step in expanding your opportunities, satisfaction and overall fulfillment.
https://www.tonyrobbins.com/career-business/the-power-of-leverage/


Leverage is Both a Noun and Verb
You can see that leverage can be used as a noun or as a verb.

As a noun, it means the exertion of force.
As a verb, it means to use something to maximum advantage.
https://avidcareerist.com/2014/03/26/are-you-using-leverage-correctly-on-your-resume/



To be your best, you have to leverage all your strengths on a daily basis to maximize your potential. You have to be intentional. But you can't be intentional if you don't know what your strengths really are and how to use them when you need them.
https://www.betonyourself.com/your-career/how-to-leverage-your-strengths-for-career-success
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

The OED records use of "leverage" as a verb as early as 1937. Language is a living thing and this creature certainly has a life of its own. There are better things to argue about.
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
OED has leverage as a verb too, I didn’t link it before because Collins is English and free, my OED access is by subscription, nonetheless, I found a non paid for listing of OED leverage anyway.

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/leverage_2
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
Language is a living thing and this creature certainly has a life of its own.
potatoinmymouth
Exactly, all too often too many people in all cultures want to try and fix language in time but failing to acknowledge language was never stagnate.

For example

Websters "American" spelling was simply Webster taking the time trying to standardise and simply spelling in an era where even in the UK it was not standardised with different universities using difference spelling. He was only able to get so much changed but had he succeeded English today or at least American English wouldn't have so many stupid rules that teachers spend years trying to bash in our heads for no good reason. There are better things teachers could be doing that focusing on enforcing silent letters such as "k" in "knight" which was actually driven by the German Typesetters who migrated to the UK for the first printing presses and used the Saxon spelling due to lack of anything standardised in English at the time.

French is a classic. The spelling of French today is based on old French, before the language evolved further and started to drop the sounds of leading and last letters, in English we call it dropping your "g"s. Past French govts forced the language of France onto the citizens of greater France where their own regional languages pre-existed and mostly phased today, but in doing so changed the original pure Parisian French.
  Groundrelay Chief Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
Reading the last few posts surely it's time to close this thread.

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