Mere minutes later, the latest edition of Not the Monday Paper was complaining about the extreme opposite - that the Senate had been reduced further from its previous role as a rubber stamp, to mere rubber.
There seem to be at least three contending models underlying the differences of opinion. The Not the Monday Paper opinion appears to rest on a slightly dusty, liberal (in the classic, not political invective, sense) notion of collegiality. The Bremnercrat opinion appears located in a more managerialist, neoliberal paradigm. And alongside those, from time to time the student sector voices something akin to a participatory, democratic view of co-operative governance.
It's difficult to gauge who is mistaken on this, since an examination of the discourse, the policies and their embodiment in practice and process show that the institution espouses... all three. And all three claim, in their own way and on their own terms, to be the most progressive, the least repressive, the most appropriate for the context.
If the institution were a person, some doctor would be shaking their head and prescribing pills. Instead, many doctors are shaking their heads and prescribing pills - not to the institution, but to the many employees who struggle to reconcile the fundamental contradictions in some small way that allows them to carry out their work, in an increasingly schizoid environment.
Not the Monday Paper Vol 3 No1.pdf