Note the potential for abuse involved in connecting these dots:
early assertive social interventions based on statistical data
“convicted” on a balance of probabilities
If you go back a generation or so, the officials provided the advice and the Ministers took the heat. The change since the turn of the millennium is palpable - officials are part of the political process, not advisors to it.
Until I read this this morning, I hadn't realised there's a new Public Service Act in the works. It could be interesting to see if it'll have any meaningful effect.
So, will the new Public Service Act give us “better public services”?
That might raise other questions about the road to public service, all the way from primary school to secondary school to university and then the next logical step. This includes casual fridays, and a bit of bullying.
Spinoff doing more good work. AA put out a striking press release and the msm pick it up and run with the headline. Another moral panic based on misapplied "studies" and unverified assumptions? https://thespinoff.co.nz/media/21-06-2018/are-drug-drivers-really-killing-us-by-the-droves/
Russell, as a heads-up the industry is sending OIAs for discussions by Ministers and agencies with you and Ross Bell (e.g. https://fyi.org.nz/request/8197-expert-opinion-on-methamphetamine#incoming-26287 and https://fyi.org.nz/request/8192-communications-regarding-methamphetamine#outgoing-14647)
From Miles Stratford, no less. It would be interesting to know how much he’s made personally from meth-testing.