ACT Budget – They’ve done it again!

PantsMan 4 March 2010 67

The ACT Budget is broken again. Where should the repairs begin?

Here’s my wish list:

* 500+ jobs from the public service – What does Tourism ACT do?

* close the Arboretum.

* contract out TAMS.

* close a few more schools.

* kidnap the Governor-General until the Feds hand over more money.


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peterh peterh 2:37 pm 15 Mar 10

Thoroughly Smashed said :

* contract out TAMS

That’ll turn out well.

Why not redeploy the staff in intact back into the departments from whence they originally came, close it down, this will remove the “management fee” for all purchases by intact, and for the staff left over, can you say job cuts? got to be a viable cost cutting exercise…

DavoDavo DavoDavo 2:45 pm 12 Mar 10

Genie said :

make the alexander mochonochie luxury motel a user-pays abode?

LOL !

Wanna save money, I say start with Centrelink !
– Cut off anyone who has been on unemployment benefits for longer than 6 months and hasn’t worked a single day in that 6 months.
– Reassess everyone on a disability. (I’m sorry but Chronic Fatigue is not an illness worth being on a disability pension for over 5 years)
– Fire 50% of the bloody useless and rude staff that work there.
– Save paper and cash by NOT sending out a million forms each week.
– Single parent income / Unemployed ? Well hang on, how come you claim you don’t work and your in a Government house and you want more money coz your broke but your house is full of plasma’s and game consoles and you pay for your children to go to private schools ??

Next – Go over to Medicare….
Why are things like plastic surgery available for rebates ? Why does anyone get to use the “Free” medical clinics.

Ok sorry…. must end rant, or I never will.

I totally agree (dunno about Centrelink staff though as I never go there, however – why only fire 50% of the rude and useless buggers? Fire ALL the rude and useless! :-)).

miz miz 10:49 am 09 Mar 10

Another statue is now in the pipeline – a statue of Lauren Jackson. FFS.

miz miz 7:09 pm 07 Mar 10

kakosi, if only! and pantsman, our family uses the library a lot, and would use it even more it were actually open on public holidays when I have more time 🙁 ( Not happy Jon – it’s always closed when it would most suit me, it seems).

And it won’t solve our money woes to keep selling off land to developers – land is finite and is only a temporary fix. I reckon ACT govt should just stick to the basic council business (roads, mowing, rubbish, public transport, and other general tidytown stuff) and stop swanning about doing State stuff. While I know the govt must participate in State level education and health, surely they can cull the non-essentials like horrid public art and the travesties like selling off the family silver (eg Kingston foreshore).

It also does no good to keep bagging public housing – it’s a community service. However, it would be nice if they could implement a decent loan scheme (maybe through a bond scheme?), so good tenants could purchase their home from them. I personally would jump at that chance if only I could get a loan.

Genie Genie 6:04 pm 07 Mar 10

OMG I agree on wasting money resurfacing roads… My street didn’t need doing but was done a few months back, it doesn’t get much traffic the gravel still on the road is ridiculous. My bro-in-law almost lost it on the end of the street on his motorbike, and even turning into the street you cant go more than about 10kph for fear of losing it in the gravel.

The amount of roadworks going on in Canberra is insane! I loved the article in CanberraNews recently about what Obama was going to see when he’s here in a few weeks, the pictures were all our major roads and icons with roadworks going on.

Seriously pick one area and employ all the staff on that one project and get it finished quicker. I swear they refill the potholes at the Belconnen Interchange roadworks every week because of how bad they are. I cant remember the last time i drove somewhere and didn’t see roadworks

SammyLivesHere SammyLivesHere 2:03 pm 07 Mar 10

Some of the things I see as cost saving include:

1. Review the policy for people who have regular jobs renting housing commission homes
2. Bring in more speed cameras in the local streets and revenue raise for infrastructure improvements (speeding could finance footpath upgrades, road works and signage in a suburb).
3. Close more schools where the population has changed demographics to cater for the residents.
4. Stop employing contractors in IT earning lots of $ but not improving services – I mean how much has the IT system at the Goal really cost us?
5. Sponsor Neighbourhood watch initiatives – to get the community back in the mood of getting to know their neighbours, could reduce overall policing costs.
6. Collect all outstanding monies – even from dipos.

sepi sepi 11:47 am 07 Mar 10

Road resurfacing does seem to be on some sort of timetable, rather than needs based. Hackett shop carpark was recently done – It never seemed to need it to me. Whereas parts of limestone Ave and Nthbourne continually develop potholes in the same spots that just get occaisionally filled in, which lasts til the next rain.

westyonline westyonline 10:12 am 07 Mar 10

they couls keep an eye on civil and road works around the place.That intersection at the back piallago,near ADFA ovals is a Fu&%$ng Discrace..how long do we have to wait for it to be finished??i think they have dug it up and redone it about 50 times,and its still no better than before they started..WHO is watching where the money is going..im not even going to aste my time on commenting on the GDE!

Mr Evil Mr Evil 11:07 pm 06 Mar 10

Clown Killer said :

Just out of curiosity – why the angst about people owning 4WDs?

Because they kill Legless lizards and baby Harp seals…….

krats krats 7:47 pm 06 Mar 10

Growling Ferret said :

It will be the same old

Rates up
Car rego up
Parking up
Pay parking reintroduced at the hospitals
Ovals and sporting facilities rental costs to go up
More speed cameras
Less staff doing more.

When they get desperate, then Gungahlin Drive duplication will be cancelled and stay as one lane each way… Wasting another, oh, 100mill or so…

You must be new on our planet.

jmac jmac 3:04 pm 05 Mar 10

Hmmm…a lot of these issues were around last election but for some reason Stanhopeless and his mob were voted in again?! Maybe this time around Canberrans will make a change?! Maybe the Libs aren’t that great either but it’s worth a shot?? They might not carry us into further debt??

Plus i will have my little rant on public art as well…what is the point?! I don’t understand the windmill things in Woden and Tuggeranong…especially when they cost so much!! If we were in a huge surplus and there was nothing better to spend the money on, go for it, but i would like the money out into our schools and hospitals over windmill art things.

One other question, why do our roads continually have to be resealed when there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with them? It seriously can’t be preventative? My parents in-law’s cul-de-sac was resurfaced…the street has about 10 houses and minimal traffic…there was nothing wrong with the road?! And it went from being a smooth surface to a rough surface with gravel everywhere. So no kids playing cricket, or roller blading etc anymore. Yay…more obesity problems!!

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 2:13 pm 05 Mar 10

Thumper said :

There’s only one solution I’m afraid.

Sell more land.

Might have hit on something there Thumper – could be the way to get them to finally release some office building land in the Gungahlin town centre!

Funky1 Funky1 1:00 pm 05 Mar 10

Pommy bastard said :

Up The Duffy said :

. And best of all sell all the Junkie housing estates in Red Hill Civic and Northborne Ave for Apartment developments. Stick a the Junkies in a trailer park at Oaks estate and blow up the bridge at the crossing there.

Can’t disagree with that. The flats on Northborne, the Stuart Flats, the flats in Braddon and places like Strathgordon Court in Woden are on prime valuable land.

And why do we still have public housing in suburbs like Red Hill? Surely it’s bringing down the surrounding property values to a degree as well.
Imagine if it was all sold off. It would probably go for higher then top dollar (if that’s possible) given there would be no PH in the suburb anymore. And the local shopping centre would be able to attract shopkeepers and customers alike without the certain ‘element’ living nearby.

Thumper Thumper 10:20 am 05 Mar 10

There’s only one solution I’m afraid.

Sell more land.

Ceej1973 Ceej1973 9:52 am 05 Mar 10

Fingers crossed no Members of Parliament read these threads, but in the State Of Schleswig Holstein in North Germany, the Guvment is broke. They invested in the “World Market” (Iceland) and lost big time. Now they ARE introducing a new tax to pay for the pot hole ridden roads, and wait for it…..a rainfall tax for anyone who has rainwater (from their house) feeding into the stormwater network. Then the Federal Guv gave the State millions of Euro’s to help keep a minor bank affloat, when it could have been spent on infrastructure. “Starting to sound familiar”……Yeah. Same shit, different State/Country.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 9:25 am 05 Mar 10

Up The Duffy said :

. And best of all sell all the Junkie housing estates in Red Hill Civic and Northborne Ave for Apartment developments. Stick a the Junkies in a trailer park at Oaks estate and blow up the bridge at the crossing there.

Can’t disagree with that. The flats on Northborne, the Stuart Flats, the flats in Braddon and places like Strathgordon Court in Woden are on prime valuable land.

Clown Killer Clown Killer 9:07 am 05 Mar 10

Just out of curiosity – why the angst about people owning 4WDs?

Thumper Thumper 8:22 am 05 Mar 10

Sell tickets to a Stanhope/ Smyth death match. Two enter, only one leaves.

Oh, and we need more public artwork. I await the 50 foot Jim Morrison statue over the federal highway down ner the canberry fair. If we build it they will come…

bryansworld bryansworld 6:20 am 05 Mar 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

cut funding to summernats and introduce a stupidity tax on 4WD owners.

+1

People that drive monster trucks get off lightly at the moment.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 1:08 am 05 Mar 10

How about stimulating private business in the ACT with favourable conditions,, which can then taxed at a low to moderate level in the longer term, thus increasing the ACT govt’s income?

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