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The Liberals Andrew Robb appears to be off his meds as he proposes outsourcing public service activity to the States

By johnboy - 22 August 2012 37

The Financial Review has a story on Federal Coalition finance and deregulation spokesman Andrew Robb and his big bold idea of cutting the Public Service here in Canberra by outsourcing the work to State bureaucracies.

The Coalition plans to “outsource” administration of a vast swath of federal policy – including health and education – to state government bureaucracies, potentially saving billions of dollars.

Federal Coalition finance and deregulation spokesman Andrew Robb said the opposition was looking to use its planned handover of administration of environmental laws to the states as a model for other areas, both to reduce red tape and to cut thousands of federal public servants from the payroll.

The federal government would not abandon its own policies under the plan, Mr Robb told The Australian Financial Review, but states would act as agents for the commonwealth in administering federal policies.

Getting often hostile states as monopoly vendors to administer Government policy appears to tick every single one of The seven deadly sins of outsourcing.

It is such a spectacularly stupid idea one has to wonder where Mr Robb is in his long and storied battle with mental illness.

There are a great many things that could be cut in the public service. But hoping to magic costs onto the States is not going to lead to policy delivery.

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37 Responses to
The Liberals Andrew Robb appears to be off his meds as he proposes outsourcing public service activity to the States
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ainsliebraddon 1:09 pm
22 Aug 12
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Given that Andrew Robb has had a well documented battle with depression, I find the heading “appears to be off his meds” particularly distasteful.

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Thumper 1:43 pm
22 Aug 12
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Outsourcing to the ACT PS?

Completely and utterly ridiculous.

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davo101 1:44 pm
22 Aug 12
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As a state public servant I’m quite happy to implement Commonwealth policies–for a small fee.

Cash registers must be ringing in more than a few state treasuries.

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Madam Cholet 1:53 pm
22 Aug 12
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ainsliebraddon said :

Given that Andrew Robb has had a well documented battle with depression, I find the heading “appears to be off his meds” particularly distasteful.

+1

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johnboy 1:57 pm
22 Aug 12
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ainsliebraddon said :

Given that Andrew Robb has had a well documented battle with depression, I find the heading “appears to be off his meds” particularly distasteful.

Which is why I’m asking the question very seriously.

This will not achieve the stated goal.

What it might do is end Government provision of health, education, and environmental safeguards.

If that’s the planned goal we might want them to be a little more upfront about it.

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 2:01 pm
22 Aug 12
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lol just lol

yes lets cut even more jobs in the act

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Duffbowl 2:10 pm
22 Aug 12
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Putting aside JB’s fairly large faux pas, it seems a bit of a ridiculous option.

Outsourcing services to other government departments has not produced savings at the Federal level, where it has already occurred. From personal experience, the department as service provider has taken the worst of both PS and outsourcer servicing methods and combined them for a “worst practice” approach.

Also, given that the conservative states are busy slashing back office positions, how the hell could they take it on? It may be easier and cost less money to scrap the states, expand some local government services, and drop to two tiers.

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schmeah 2:12 pm
22 Aug 12
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One assumes that should public services be outsourced to the states, the states will want compensation for taking on additional staff given they can’t afford the ones they have at the moment .. not sure how this will save any money in the long run, especially if one takes into account productivity losses as a result of having to train staff in whatever it is Robb is talking about.

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nsn 2:18 pm
22 Aug 12
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Duffbowl said :

Putting aside JB’s fairly large faux pas, it seems a bit of a ridiculous option.

It isn’t a faux pas when someone is intentionally offensive.

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cmdwedge 2:25 pm
22 Aug 12
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nsn said :

Duffbowl said :

Putting aside JB’s fairly large faux pas, it seems a bit of a ridiculous option.

It isn’t a faux pas when someone is intentionally offensive.

+2

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milkman 2:38 pm
22 Aug 12
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It’s like a race to the bottom with our pollies. What a retarded idea.

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colourful sydney rac 2:39 pm
22 Aug 12
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Madam Cholet said :

ainsliebraddon said :

Given that Andrew Robb has had a well documented battle with depression, I find the heading “appears to be off his meds” particularly distasteful.

+1

+2

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Deref 2:45 pm
22 Aug 12
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I was tempted to say that it’s unsurprising for this pack of radical right loonies. But this is surprisingly stupid, even for them.

Duffbowl said :

Outsourcing services to other government departments has not produced savings at the Federal level, where it has already occurred. From personal experience, the department as service provider has taken the worst of both PS and outsourcer servicing methods and combined them for a “worst practice” approach.

+1

One very apt definition of stupidity is “trying something, finding it doesn’t work, and continuing to do it”.

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milkman 2:53 pm
22 Aug 12
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Deref said :

I was tempted to say that it’s unsurprising for this pack of radical right loonies. But this is surprisingly stupid, even for them.

Duffbowl said :

Outsourcing services to other government departments has not produced savings at the Federal level, where it has already occurred. From personal experience, the department as service provider has taken the worst of both PS and outsourcer servicing methods and combined them for a “worst practice” approach.

+1

One very apt definition of stupidity is “trying something, finding it doesn’t work, and continuing to do it”.

+2. And the disadvantage of outsourcing to other parts of government is it’s practically impossible to impose sanctions for poor performance. At least when you outsource to the private sector, people’s nuts get put on the line.

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Chop71 2:54 pm
22 Aug 12
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Why should JB tip toe around the issue? Isn’t he just calling a spade a spade.

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