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APS: to cut or not to cut? [With poll]

By PantsMan - 20 April 2011 39

The next instalment of the debacle known as the  Rudd/Gillard/Brown/Wilkie/Oakeshott/Windsor Government will be unveiled on 10 May 2011.  It already promises a fair bucket of post-GFC fiscal consolidation.  It has already been suggested that there will be job losses across the APS.

As raving leftists, one would ordinarily think Canberrans would generally oppose cuts to the APS (or any fiscal restraint at all, for that matter).  However, with rapid population growth, housing affordability and transport issues, others may think this city is bursting at the seams.  Old timers tell horror stories of 1996, but the ACT economy just topped the ComSec league table.

With all that in mind:

Should the Commonwealth

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PS:  Any tips on what’s getting cut and where would be interesting?

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APS: to cut or not to cut? [With poll]
colourful sydney rac 2:21 pm 20 Apr 11

bitzermaloney said :

You’d see some great efficency dividends acheived then.

Ah, the good old efficiency of the private sector myth. Get serious.

bitzermaloney 2:01 pm 20 Apr 11

ps. could start by renouncing the ACT self gov act. It will cost the Fed’s more, but save the ACT significantly more.

bitzermaloney 1:59 pm 20 Apr 11

Whaty woudl be the effect of sacking every second public servant… say, everyone whose staff id ends in an odd number?

I think it would be safe to say that we still receive more than “half” the current service that it provides, and you’d still be unlikely to spend twice as long waiting in queues and on the phone to speak with someone (except maybe Centrelink).

Granted there’s be an increase on the workload on those who remain and the APS 1 – 6’s could genuinely work overtime to claim their flex.

Failing that the next step would be to privatise the public service. You’d see some great efficency dividends acheived then.

colourful sydney rac 1:43 pm 20 Apr 11

Diggety said :

I voted “slash and burn”, but I’d like to reject the “Canberra is too full” part.

It’s no surprise that Canberra is Left, such unrealistic political beliefs and economic inefficiencies are only possible when you are relying on someone else’s money.

But it doesn’t really end there with loony Canberran’s, the above mechanism for artificial inflation of a house-of-cards economy, relies on one choice of governance style for continued existence, being Labor/Greens, which of course, spreads this problem to the wider Canberra community, i.e. not the APS.

So we end up voting the same, just to make sure we have a secure job with next to zero accountability. While those of us in academia, trades, private industry are (often) reluctantly forced to deal with the negative effects of those political parties and unbalanced supply/demand of property and infrastructure.

The politicians we rely on for services; are unrealistic, wasteful and out-of-touch.
The Public Servants we rely on for bread; have just left us the crust.

http://www.lifeline.org.au

Diggety 1:32 pm 20 Apr 11

I voted “slash and burn”, but I’d like to reject the “Canberra is too full” part.

It’s no surprise that Canberra is Left, such unrealistic political beliefs and economic inefficiencies are only possible when you are relying on someone else’s money.

But it doesn’t really end there with loony Canberran’s, the above mechanism for artificial inflation of a house-of-cards economy, relies on one choice of governance style for continued existence, being Labor/Greens, which of course, spreads this problem to the wider Canberra community, i.e. not the APS.

So we end up voting the same, just to make sure we have a secure job with next to zero accountability. While those of us in academia, trades, private industry are (often) reluctantly forced to deal with the negative effects of those political parties and unbalanced supply/demand of property and infrastructure.

The politicians we rely on for services; are unrealistic, wasteful and out-of-touch.
The Public Servants we rely on for bread; have just left us the crust.

TVStar 1:18 pm 20 Apr 11

jasmine said :

The Toilet Map is useful if you are incontinent or have a gastro disease like Crohn’s, Colitis, IBS. This map helps those who migh otherwise find travel difficult.

Those sorts of things acutally help people, there is a lot more shite (excuse the pun) that could be cut before health assistance programs.

Pretty sure Google Maps could do a better job for free.

ghughes 12:22 pm 20 Apr 11

Strip about 5000 out of the SES and EL levels of the APS.
Housing affordability crisis in Canberra ….. SOLVED.

jasmine 12:00 pm 20 Apr 11

The Toilet Map is useful if you are incontinent or have a gastro disease like Crohn’s, Colitis, IBS. This map helps those who migh otherwise find travel difficult. Those sorts of things acutally help people, there is a lot more shite (excuse the pun) that could be cut before health assistance programs.

Chop71 11:47 am 20 Apr 11

TVStar said :

I think this could probably go: http://www.toiletmap.gov.au/

LOL what idiot thought of that and how much has been spent on that program?

jasmine 11:42 am 20 Apr 11

The Commonwealth public service is too top heavy. Get rid of the dead weight lingering at the top and ensure there are enough staff at the service end to ensure taxpayers get value for money. Get rid of performance bonuses. Why anyone in the APS should get a bonus for just doing their jobs is beyond me, particularly when changes are made to ensure the manager’s KPI’s are met and they can demonstrate initiative.

I know one manager who received a bonus for cutting staff in his area and it resulted in poor delivery of services, over-stressed staff struggling to meet deadlines and pressure on older staff to retire (despite the drive to maintain older workers). Many of the changes were fluff and nonsense made to increase the profile of his area but did nothing to add to services.

Get rid of efficiency dividends. They only produce inefficiency.

You could cut 50% of staff in the Corporate Services area of most departments who contribute near to nothing to actual delivery. It used to be the HR Manager oversighted all aspects of HR – OH&S, recruitment, personnel management, payroll. Now there is virtually a senior manager for all areas. Waste, waste, waste.

Get rid of pointless vote buying programs in non-essential areas like sport, art and all those Government appointed Councils and Chairs that deal with sympbolic matters.

georgesgenitals 11:31 am 20 Apr 11

There are lots of projects on hold because staff can’t be found. This is one of the major reasons contractors are living it up right now.

Be interesting to see how it plays out.

Bluey 11:21 am 20 Apr 11

Slash and burn. So many airheads and useless people in vague positions.

DarkLadyWolfMother 11:08 am 20 Apr 11

How about removing some of the management cruft and leaving the people who do the actual work alone?

Yeah, yeah. It’ll never happen.

TVStar 10:58 am 20 Apr 11

I think this could probably go: http://www.toiletmap.gov.au/

colourful sydney rac 10:09 am 20 Apr 11

Given the make up of the parliament, you would feel pretty safe if you worked in an area that had a focus on regions.

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