What comes out of Morrison’s mouth are “sound bytes” Style without meaning, oxymorons,
By David Solomon Autocracy: ‘a system of government by one person with absolute power’. Public autocracy?
Public autocracy? There’s no such thing, according to my dictionaries, or indeed, Google. It’s a contradiction in terms.
But what I think Prime Minister Scott Morrison meant when he declared (in an interview reported in Wednesday’s Sydney Morning Herald) that Australia could become a ‘public autocracy’ if a national integrity commission had too much influence over government thinking was that absolute power would be exercised by public servants, rather than by politicians such as himself.
It is a nonsensical suggestion, that deliberately, falsely, misrepresents the power any prospective national integrity commission might have, and the way the public service does, can or even might operate. But it says a lot about the unconstrained powers that the Prime Minister considers are appropriate for him and his ministers. Indeed, about the way he and his government have sometimes acted.