One of the hallmarks of a corrupt government is its capacity to privatise and sell (or simply allocate) public property and services to cronies.
There is a proud history of these shenanigans in Queensland.
The current administration is moving, quite rapidly, in the same direction. The selling-off of nursing homes is a prime example.
Unfortunately, when this happens, the individuals supported by these services become collateral damage.
This has been turned into a fine art in Pennsylvania, in the USA, by an ex-judge, who put simply, sold juvenile offenders to privately run prisons.
Sounds a bit far-fetched? Well no, he’s been convicted on 12 counts, and put away for 30 years.
I wonder if the prison is privately run. It would be a delicious piece of irony if it was. The market rules, after all.
Couldn’t happen here?