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Brendan bravely seeks to blame Katy for future economic woes

By johnboy - 11 September 2013 7

The Liberals Brendan Smyth is attempting a heroic piece of misdirection:

Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth has criticised the Chief Minister for starting the ‘blame game’ on public sector cuts following the election of Tony Abbott as Prime Minister.

“12 years of ACT Labor and they have done nothing more for job creation in the ACT than ride the wave of the public service sector,” Mr Smyth said.

“When the Canberra Liberals left Government, private sector employment was about 60%. Under ACT Labor, the private sector shrunk to approximately 49%.”

The matter is made worse by the Government’s inaction to address what ACT businesses need most, resulting in the ACT Budget Review 2013-14 report, noting:

…due to the lack of diversification in the ACT economy, this may also affect private sector hiring intentions. (pg. 14)

“The Chief Minister’s plea is yet another political stunt to continue its scare campaign. It’s important to note that job cuts have been a Labor initiative, and this has resulted in the highest unemployment rate in more than 11 years,” Mr Smyth said.

“The Chief Minister needs to articulate her plan to develop the economy and stop blaming Tony Abbott for her failures,” Mr Smyth concluded.

I’m all for having a go at the miserable failings of the ACT Government.

But let’s get some context. That 60% private sector number never accounted for contractors solely employed by the Commonwealth let alone “private” business providing services almost exclusively to the Commonwealth.

And during the public service’s golden run over the last decade who the hell would start a business here anyway?

When simply being able to file alphabetically makes one an over-achiever in the public service who’d want the harder work and lower wages of the non-executive private sector?

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7 Responses to
Brendan bravely seeks to blame Katy for future economic woes
drfelonious 6:35 pm 12 Sep 13

“When simply being able to file alphabetically makes one an over-achiever in the public service who’d want the harder work and lower wages of the non-executive private sector?”

If I was a public servant, I might be sorely tempted to respond to this – with both barrels. It must be sooo much fun to be in the PS at the moment with all the jobs being cut and the daily lashings of vitriol from the murdoch press.

It seems the public doesnt like being served ATM.

DrKoresh 4:16 pm 12 Sep 13

Chop71 said :

All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

Big ‘L’ good, small ‘L’ baaaaaaaaaaaad!

Chop71 3:45 pm 12 Sep 13

All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

poetix 3:27 pm 12 Sep 13

‘When simply being able to file alphabetically makes one an over-achiever in the public service who’d want the harder work and lower wages of the non-executive private sector?’

Not I, she answered. Though she suspects this is a rhetorical question seasoned with a tiny sprinkle of bitterness.

davo101 2:51 pm 12 Sep 13

Curse you Commonwealth! If only you hadn’t taken on all those extra employees our private sector employment would still be 60% How dare you pour all that money into our economy.

housebound 3:22 pm 11 Sep 13

Selected points in time are not helpful.

What happened to employment between 2001 (when ACT Labor got in) and 2007 (when Fed labor got in)? Did the private sector grow, shrink or stay the same on those years?

Barcham 3:14 pm 11 Sep 13

One politician is accusing another politician of accusing another politician of…

Paying attention to politics is a lot like looking at Escher’s impossible staircase. Except instead of feeling a dizzying sense of wonder, you feel really depressed.

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