A few days ago a friend and I were having a yarn about a book called, ‘Bradstow, a study of Status, Class and Power in a small Australian Town’, authored by a G.R.A Wild.
The book is about Bowral, a small town in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. It’s been long out of print but used copies occasionally pop up on the net. If you feel inclined look it up on Google. It’s worth the effort.
Anyway I told my mate I’d lend her my copy. Unfortunately the volume is nowhere to be found in my book collection.
Now, during my search for the book I came across something totally unrelated and it was indeed, A LUCKY FIND.
My find had absolutely nothing to do with the first three paragraphs above.
Now, back in the Dream Time.
Before I retired I was the leader of what was known as ‘The Policy Unit’. The Unit’s task was to analyse arising issues and develop appropriate responses for implementation.
On this occasion the Policy Unit was developing responses to a long list of recommendations arising from a Commmission of Inquiry into the organisation conducted by an eminent Judge.
From time to time the Unit’s responses to the Commission’s recommendations were not well received by the areas of the organisation concerned and the same applied to the personnel impacted by the responses.
Often, the grievences were made directly to the Minister of the Crown responsible to the Government of the day for the Department and this was one of those occasions.
As a consequence I was a regularly summoned to the Minister’s Office to advise on implementation progress and what steps were being taken by the Department to ensure that these specific recommendations of the Commision of Inquiriy would be implemented in full.
My frequent Ministerial visits drew the media’s attention and were often reported in newspapers and occasionally on TV news bulletins and interviews.
One positive outcome of the media’s attention was being sent for specific media presentation training that I received from a firm of consultants.
Now, back to my LUCKY FIND.
Tucked away in the index of my book collection I came across a cartoon that related to my time in the Policy Unit.
Here it is. I had to touch up the Policy Unit printing as it wasn’t clear in the original.
The Bulletin was always a top publication and one I always enjoyed reading. It was founded way back in 1880 and continued in circulation until it’s last issue in January 2008.
By the way, the Policy Unit recommendations I referred to above were fully implemented.
Hoo roo for now.