Another efficiency dividend to pay for more carbon pollution

johnboy 16 July 2013 23

The Financial Review has word that Kevin Rudd’s watering down of the carbon tax is going to be paid for, amongst other things, by slapping another lazy efficiency dividend on the public service.

To avoid a hit to the budget from the lower price that carbon permits will be sold to industry, the senior levels of the federal public service will be required to become more efficient.

Sources said there would be an extra 1 per cent efficiency dividend imposed at the executive level and a 0.5 per cent extra dividend at senior executive level, delivering combined savings over the four-year budget forecasts of about $250 million.

It suits Kevin’s arm waving policy style, just blurt out a percentile and leave others to pick up the pieces.

Why go to the trouble of actually figuring out where the waste is?


UPDATE: The ABC is saying 800 EL jobs are going to go.


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thebrownstreak69 thebrownstreak69 9:40 am 17 Jul 13

dungfungus said :

Even half the ALP hate Rudd’s guts. Possibly more actually….

If that were true, it would mean that the people who are running the opinion polls have only been contacting the other half of the ALP that love Rudd.
I know that Keating first used the brilliant one-liner (referring to Andrew Peacock) “can a souffle rise twice?”
That is the question about Rudd everyone should now be asking themselves.

Yeah but Keating was actually a pretty clever bloke. Rudd is a psycho.

dungfungus dungfungus 8:44 am 17 Jul 13

Even half the ALP hate Rudd’s guts. Possibly more actually….

If that were true, it would mean that the people who are running the opinion polls have only been contacting the other half of the ALP that love Rudd.
I know that Keating first used the brilliant one-liner (referring to Andrew Peacock) “can a souffle rise twice?”
That is the question about Rudd everyone should now be asking themselves.

bundah bundah 10:22 pm 16 Jul 13

Thumper said :

CraigT said :

thebrownstreak69 said :

Interesting that Labor is still slashing and burning of the public service. Looks like there’ll be nothing left for Abbott to cut if the Libs get in.

So Abbott will be breaking his promise?

Clever Rudd.

Basically, the ALP have done nothing wrong over the last two governments, except their absolutely blindingly, lethaly failed immigration policy.
So they have to make as much noise as possible between now and the election about *anything but* the boats.
So far it’s working. Abbott is looking clueless and empty. Too gutless to debate, and his only “policy”, banning the carbon tax, is now obsolete.

The ALP is a complete f***ing shambles man. Even half the ALP hate Rudd’s guts. Possibly more actually….

Yeah,pretty much, although reinstating Rudd has effectively meant that they won’t be decimated come election day.

Thumper Thumper 9:56 pm 16 Jul 13

CraigT said :

thebrownstreak69 said :

Interesting that Labor is still slashing and burning of the public service. Looks like there’ll be nothing left for Abbott to cut if the Libs get in.

So Abbott will be breaking his promise?

Clever Rudd.

Basically, the ALP have done nothing wrong over the last two governments, except their absolutely blindingly, lethaly failed immigration policy.
So they have to make as much noise as possible between now and the election about *anything but* the boats.
So far it’s working. Abbott is looking clueless and empty. Too gutless to debate, and his only “policy”, banning the carbon tax, is now obsolete.

The ALP is a complete f***ing shambles man. Even half the ALP hate Rudd’s guts. Possibly more actually….

justin heywood justin heywood 9:43 pm 16 Jul 13

CraigT said :

…Basically, the ALP have done nothing wrong over the last two governments, except their absolutely blindingly, lethaly failed immigration policy.

Ha! I started to write a list of other ‘things’ that Labor has gotten wrong in their last two terms, but it was long and boring.

But, answer me this Craig. If they’ve been so good, how come Labor dumped Rudd during his first term, brought in Gillard, then dumped Gillard and, astoundingly, resurrected Rudd?

Are you seriously suggesting it’s all been going pretty well?

The consensus within both the electorate and the ALP itself is that it has been an absolute shambles Craig, such that Abbott has started to look like a palatable alternative.

dungfungus dungfungus 9:19 pm 16 Jul 13

CraigT said :

thebrownstreak69 said :

Interesting that Labor is still slashing and burning of the public service. Looks like there’ll be nothing left for Abbott to cut if the Libs get in.

So Abbott will be breaking his promise?

Clever Rudd.

Basically, the ALP have done nothing wrong over the last two governments, except their absolutely blindingly, lethaly failed immigration policy.
So they have to make as much noise as possible between now and the election about *anything but* the boats.
So far it’s working. Abbott is looking clueless and empty. Too gutless to debate, and his only “policy”, banning the carbon tax, is now obsolete.

Who needs a debate? I would hope that most people are intellegent enough to assess the situation themselves and vote accordingly (if Rudd ever has the balls to call an election that is).

CraigT CraigT 9:03 pm 16 Jul 13

thebrownstreak69 said :

Interesting that Labor is still slashing and burning of the public service. Looks like there’ll be nothing left for Abbott to cut if the Libs get in.

So Abbott will be breaking his promise?

Clever Rudd.

Basically, the ALP have done nothing wrong over the last two governments, except their absolutely blindingly, lethaly failed immigration policy.
So they have to make as much noise as possible between now and the election about *anything but* the boats.
So far it’s working. Abbott is looking clueless and empty. Too gutless to debate, and his only “policy”, banning the carbon tax, is now obsolete.

JC JC 8:26 pm 16 Jul 13

JessP said :

I predict a lot more staff than the 800 suggested, looking at the amount they are trying to save.

If anything the figures are too low as the savings are reported to be over 4 years. If you assume an average salary of EL1/2 to be 100k, that works out over 4 years to be 650 staff. Of course I reckon my average is low and that doesn’t include all the extras like super etc.

Thumper Thumper 7:30 pm 16 Jul 13

chewy14 said :

Mysteryman said :

Roundhead89 said :

justin heywood said :

“…. the senior levels of the federal public service will be required to become more efficient.”

Who writes this crap? Who believes it? The intention and reality is job cuts, and it has nothing to do with efficiency.

And it appears that EL1s and 2s will be hardest hit, hardly ‘senior level’ but often the most talented. Stupid. Stupid.

800 jobs. Just wait until the union hears about this! (jokes)

And I suppose the CPSU’s bosses will once again be totally mute about this and instead scream about the horrid Liberals and their “recession-inducing” PS cuts.

Of course they will. And the rusted-on Labor supporters and sheep will believe every bit of it.

And the Liberal faithful will continue claiming that these cuts are of the same magnitude as the Liberals planned cuts even though they aren’t even close.

True, but these cuts have be quietly going on for ages now.

The CPSU seems to be completely blind to it.

bigred bigred 7:21 pm 16 Jul 13

Looking forward to reading the next few Secretary’s senior staffing changes emails, which hopefully start with (insert most difficult post menopausal SES officer name) has decided to leave the public service. Every agency can operate without them.

chewy14 chewy14 5:56 pm 16 Jul 13

Can’t they just bite the bullet and get rid of the compensation scheme that went along with the Carbon tax?
Oh I forgot, ‘working families’ are doing it tough and there’s an election in the offing, carry on.

chewy14 chewy14 5:54 pm 16 Jul 13

Mysteryman said :

Roundhead89 said :

justin heywood said :

“…. the senior levels of the federal public service will be required to become more efficient.”

Who writes this crap? Who believes it? The intention and reality is job cuts, and it has nothing to do with efficiency.

And it appears that EL1s and 2s will be hardest hit, hardly ‘senior level’ but often the most talented. Stupid. Stupid.

800 jobs. Just wait until the union hears about this! (jokes)

And I suppose the CPSU’s bosses will once again be totally mute about this and instead scream about the horrid Liberals and their “recession-inducing” PS cuts.

Of course they will. And the rusted-on Labor supporters and sheep will believe every bit of it.

And the Liberal faithful will continue claiming that these cuts are of the same magnitude as the Liberals planned cuts even though they aren’t even close.

p1 p1 5:27 pm 16 Jul 13

A_Cog said :

When you say ‘Tampa’ they say, “yeah, Florida is totes laxxing.” FFS, #bureaucracy_fail.

Florida gives me the shits to #laxative_fail

I’d be interested to see how it would look economically if every single person acting up a level (usually to cover an unfilled vacancy) we to be dropped down to their nominal permanent grade.

I suspect it would be quite a saving. Of course, it would be kinda rude to then expect everyone to keep doing exactly what they were doing while being paid more….

Mysteryman Mysteryman 4:49 pm 16 Jul 13

Roundhead89 said :

justin heywood said :

“…. the senior levels of the federal public service will be required to become more efficient.”

Who writes this crap? Who believes it? The intention and reality is job cuts, and it has nothing to do with efficiency.

And it appears that EL1s and 2s will be hardest hit, hardly ‘senior level’ but often the most talented. Stupid. Stupid.

800 jobs. Just wait until the union hears about this! (jokes)

And I suppose the CPSU’s bosses will once again be totally mute about this and instead scream about the horrid Liberals and their “recession-inducing” PS cuts.

Of course they will. And the rusted-on Labor supporters and sheep will believe every bit of it.

Roundhead89 Roundhead89 4:32 pm 16 Jul 13

justin heywood said :

“…. the senior levels of the federal public service will be required to become more efficient.”

Who writes this crap? Who believes it? The intention and reality is job cuts, and it has nothing to do with efficiency.

And it appears that EL1s and 2s will be hardest hit, hardly ‘senior level’ but often the most talented. Stupid. Stupid.

800 jobs. Just wait until the union hears about this! (jokes)

And I suppose the CPSU’s bosses will once again be totally mute about this and instead scream about the horrid Liberals and their “recession-inducing” PS cuts.

A_Cog A_Cog 3:33 pm 16 Jul 13

justin heywood said :

And it appears that EL1s and 2s will be hardest hit, hardly ‘senior level’ but often the most talented. Stupid. Stupid.

Yep, agree with that. But there is a viable alternative where the APS can still ensure talent whilst reducing ‘senior levels’: nurture and develop the EL-level of quality talent at the APS5 and APS6 levels, by delegating work and actually helping APS5 and APS6 staff learn the same EL-level skills. I know middle-aged APS5 and APS6 who are highly capable, and I know EL1s in their late 20s who are absolutely clueless.

When you say ‘Tampa’ they say, “yeah, Florida is totes laxxing.” FFS, #bureaucracy_fail.

justin heywood justin heywood 2:57 pm 16 Jul 13

“…. the senior levels of the federal public service will be required to become more efficient.”

Who writes this crap? Who believes it? The intention and reality is job cuts, and it has nothing to do with efficiency.

And it appears that EL1s and 2s will be hardest hit, hardly ‘senior level’ but often the most talented. Stupid. Stupid.

800 jobs. Just wait until the union hears about this! (jokes)

JessP JessP 2:50 pm 16 Jul 13

I predict a lot more staff than the 800 suggested, looking at the amount they are trying to save.

p1 p1 1:09 pm 16 Jul 13

…because we all know if you give a organisation less money they will continue to produce the same amount of work at the same quality year after year.

thebrownstreak69 thebrownstreak69 12:20 pm 16 Jul 13

Interesting that Labor is still slashing and burning of the public service. Looks like there’ll be nothing left for Abbott to cut if the Libs get in.

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