I couldn’t imagine working a single month in the worthless public service, but for some people that is their entire life. Admittedly most public servants move around a bit; they don’t stay in the one office in the same department for more than a couple of years. I mean, you have to move up the public service ladder, get some promotions, tackle the bog jobs where you get to truly terrorise those plebs who work out in the dreaded ‘real world’.
Or if you have no ambition, no true skill sets, and a desire to be a completely worthless individual, you could just stay in the same Centerlink office for your entire working life.
These days, staying in one job for 10 years seems rare, but 45 years? That’s practically unheard of.
But Harrington Park’s Darrell Preston notched up that impressive milestone at Campbelltown Centrelink this week – just in time for his retirement.
Mr Preston has worked with the Department of Human Services since 1973, back when it was the Department of Social Security which handled welfare payments.
He got a cake as well. How about that for all of your hard work doling out taxpayer money to dole bludgers for 45 freaking years; all you get is a cheap chocolate cake with some macaroons stuck on the top and then your face gets plastered over the pages of the local rag so that people can wonder at your sanity for staying in the one office for 45 years.
But if there is one area of the workplace in Australia where you can stay until retirement, it’s the public service. Keep in mind that Australia’s wealthiest city per capita earning and about the only one not to be suffering falls in house prices at this moment is Canberra, the city of public servants. It truly is an abysmal state of affairs when the public service is your current best ticket to riches and retirement.
To find someone else who has worked in the same office in the private sector for that amount of time would be staggering indeed. What is the most depressing about our 45 year veteran is that it’s probably not that unusual in the sense that the public service is a ticket for life if you have no personal ambition whatsoever. Indeed, why bother moving around offices at all? This guy probably had it right on the money. Just turn up, clock in, move some papers around your desk, look vaguely busy, don’t annoy anyone, be that invisible guy at the coffee machine that co-workers nod at but don’t really know who he is at all. Above all, do not stick your head above the parapet and do not under any circumstances put your hand up to move further up the ladder.
Centrelink national manager Scott Chant thanked Mr Preston for his dedication to the company.
“Darrell has been a valued long-serving member of a team that’s provided behind-the-scenes support for our service delivery operations across NSW,” he said. “Serving the public for 45 years is a significant achievement. Darrell is going to be missed by his colleagues right across the state. We wish Darrell the very best for his retirement and his journey outside of Australian Public Service.”
I mean, how pathetic is it to work in the same public service office for 45 years and to not be the boss? Did he interview for the position over the years, endlessly being passed over until he just gave up? Think about all of the computer games that he must have played; he would have seen the entire development of time wasting games at work unfold over his computer station at his desk. It truly is a time capsule for our modern world.
After 45 years in the public service this guy’s superannuation must be healthier than a baby born in the state of New York as he sets off around Australia in his mobile home. He is a man for our times. Worthless times, for worthless men everywhere.