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Canberra growing fat on a nation’s suffering?

By johnboy - 15 December 2011 57

The Daily Telegraph is incensed with the rising wages of the top end of the public service:

Now comes shock news of further federal government largesse, this time directed towards Canberra’s ever-expanding top tier of public servants, some of whom will now haul in annual salaries beyond $700,000.

Once public service pay hits the half-million mark, surely the phrase “public servant” requires some revision. Just who is being served here? It hasn’t escaped the notice of those who frequently travel between our various capitals that Canberra features a disproportionate number of building sites for big new hotels.

While most state capitals are working hard just to maintain some momentum in a tight financial era, Canberra is growing fat on big public service expansions.

That expansion is taking place mostly at the very top of the public service, where pay is already extremely generous. Lower-level public servants – those who actually have to deal directly with the public – are set for far less extravagant wage rises.

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Canberra growing fat on a nation’s suffering?
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Holden Caulfield 10:03 am
15 Dec 11
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Did Tony Abbot write that?

Great big new building sites.

Great big public service expansions.

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NoImRight 10:15 am
15 Dec 11
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Im keen to know about these big public service expansions? Which departments? How many extra staff?

Plus Im not fat Im big boned so keep the name calling to a minimum thanks.

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Erg0 10:18 am
15 Dec 11
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Where are all these big new hotels they’re talking about? Other than the The Realm/Burbury precinct, I can’t think of any others that have opened recently or are currently being built.

For that matter, can anyone explain to me what hotel development has to do with Canberra’s prosperity? Surely that relates more to the prosperity of our visitors.

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harvyk1 10:23 am
15 Dec 11
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Could I please give the sorts of responses that the daily tele is looking for…

“Bloody fat cats sitting on their arses whilst the rest of Australia works, sack the lot of them”
“Juliar does deserve a cent of her pay”
“that’s be right, here I am working hard and the bloody fat cats in Canberra go out for wine lunches every day”
“just get rid of Canberra, bulldoze the whole place, and give the land back to NSW”

Ah that felt better. Whilst I don’t disagree that giving out large pay rises probably not the most tactical move the gov’t ever made considering that there are various unions who are fighting for pay rises to keep inline with inflation, I personally believe anything written in news limited exists only to make bogans angry, because angry bogans “get involved” in comment sections (and thus see advertisements)

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Classified 10:23 am
15 Dec 11
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Erg0 said :

Where are all these big new hotels they’re talking about? Other than the The Realm/Burbury precinct, I can’t think of any others that have opened recently or are currently being built.

For that matter, can anyone explain to me what hotel development has to do with Canberra’s prosperity? Surely that relates more to the prosperity of our visitors.

During sitting weeks, you can’t find accomodation easily because it can be all booked out.

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harvyk1 10:23 am
15 Dec 11
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Oh, very nearly forgot the most important one – “Call an election now and get rid of this mob”

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Skidbladnir 10:26 am
15 Dec 11
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This would be a story from Steve Lewis, responsible for OzCar\Godwin Grech.

“Canberra, how dare it have a growing economy and require a matching growth accomodation!”
“How dare those public servants responsible for budgets which can be measured in percentages of GDP be paid a fraction of their Private Sector equivalent!

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rosscoact 10:33 am
15 Dec 11
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dey turk err jurbz!

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p1 10:34 am
15 Dec 11
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For anyone tempted to be outraged by this story (or anything that comes out of Mr Abbott’s mouth), I direct you to this.

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BimboGeek 10:38 am
15 Dec 11
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They are always welcome to come and open a hotel since it’s so lucrative.

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poetix 10:40 am
15 Dec 11
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If you follow the link you’ll notice that the story immediately below the one about the Canberra fat cats is about ‘a looming bloodsucker boom’ from mozzies. The needle seems to have got stuck there…

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Waiting For Godot 10:42 am
15 Dec 11
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Holden Caulfield said :

Great big new building sites.

Great big public service expansions.

Sounds like Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s “crane index” in the 1970s and ’80s. When journalists interviewing the former Qld premier asked him how well the state’s economy was going he would tell them to look out the window at the number of cranes on building sites. That was all the proof that was needed.

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Rollersk8r 10:44 am
15 Dec 11
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The Daily Tele / A Current Affair / Today Tonight audience loves nothing more than complaining about people who have more stuff than YOU. No matter who you are, how hard your job is, how hard you’ve worked to get there – you don’t deserve it!

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Thumper 10:44 am
15 Dec 11
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Sounds like standard Canberra bashing to me.

When ever a government is under fire switch to some good old Canberra bashing.

Works a charm on the bogans in Western Sydney, you know, the salt of the earth, real OZtralians mate. Might even get a run on ACA…

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Erg0 11:07 am
15 Dec 11
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Classified said :

Erg0 said :

Where are all these big new hotels they’re talking about? Other than the The Realm/Burbury precinct, I can’t think of any others that have opened recently or are currently being built.

For that matter, can anyone explain to me what hotel development has to do with Canberra’s prosperity? Surely that relates more to the prosperity of our visitors.

During sitting weeks, you can’t find accomodation easily because it can be all booked out.

…by people from Sydney, Melbourne and other capital cities that are supposedly doing it tough. If the point is that politicians are employing too many staffers, it has nothing whatsoever to do with Canberra as a city.

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