The ABC reports the happy news that, for Canberra, the biggest item in the 2009 Commonwealth Budget is an end to the annual 2% belt tightening across the public service known as the “2% efficiency dividend”.
There will still be a 1.25% funding squeeze, down from 3.25%.
The CPSU is pleased:
- “It’s a welcome surprise, we’ve been campaigning hard in the community over the last nine months to have that special efficiency dividend knocked off,” he said.
“That’s a good start but there’s more work to be done to ensure that this blunt instrument which is a tax on jobs and a tax on services is removed from the Budget in future years.”
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Apparently 1,700 public service jobs are getting the chop, to be balanced by 3,200 new jobs also in the public service.