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Canberra PS tied to the whipping post again…

By Gungahlin Al 1 April 2010 11

Don’t think I’m the only one totally over the Federal public service being hauled out every few months whenever some politician from outside the ACT is getting worried because they haven’t seen their name in the media enough lately?

Now Joe Hockey is trying to redress his irrelevance syndrome by liquid papering Kevin Rudd’s name and writing in his own on the top of Rudd’s ‘razor gang’ media releases. Yawn…

But fear not. The Liberals’ own Canberra man on the spot Senator Gary Humphries has come out with six-guns a-blazing.

“It’s an easy language to slip into. Politicians of all ilks tend to do it.” He’s got that right.

“They have me to reckon with though.” Oh, right then. It’ll all be sweet. (Just so long as no-one remembers his track record on this issue from when HE was in government right?)

But with a growing number of Press Gallery people prophesising about how Gary Humpries’ position is under threat from the Greens at the next election, one can’t help but wonder if this bit of grandstanding from Hockey was purely to allow Humphries to roll out some tough-guy talk for local consumption only??

Or is that giving credit for a degree of smarts that just doesn’t exist?

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sepi 9:01 pm 05 Apr 10

Interesting theories.

the APS is useless at contracts though, and this costs a fortune all the time. Currently our advertising contract was redone, in order to save money… Only somehow, we now have to pay the ad firm to ‘train’ our people in how to use their system. (instead of just paying them to do the work). We also have to pay to do this everytime they change or update their system.Which I think we also pay for…. They seem to be holding all the cards here.

I dont’ know who negotiates these govt contracts, but they seem to always have loopholes you could drive a truck through, and always cost twice as much as intended.

pelican 6:42 pm 05 Apr 10

That makes no sense sexynotsmart, why if outsourcing projects would one need to retain more managers within the APS than less?

That is the biggest furphy – competing with the private sector for remuneration. Project management is not rocket science – any good APS6/EL1 can do it, particularly if it is an oversight role of the private sector.

There is no enslaved proletariat in Canberra – last time I looked it was very middle class with middle class perceptions.

sexynotsmart 2:51 pm 05 Apr 10

SES has ‘ballooned’ because the APS is responsible for a bigger spend, and more is outsourced these days. A typical project that may have been done by an SES, a couple of ELs and a few dozen APS staff is now an SES, a couple of ELs and several million-dollar contracts.

APS has to compete for good contract managers with the private sector. That means commensurate remuneration.

Unfortunately this nuance is lost on the enslaved proletariat, so look forward to more populist grifting in the coming months.

pelican 5:30 pm 03 Apr 10

Trouble is they always cut back in the wrong areas. The first jobs to go are the actual ‘doing’ jobs, customer service and frontline staff. Very little cuts are made at the top where even the Fed Gov admits the SES has ballooned for no good reason. The politicians make these decisions but then leave it to the career bureacrats to make the cuts and guess what it…it becomes about protecting jobs for the boys/girls.

The actual jobs that affect everyday people – the public – who want more service not less all get excited about possible cuts to the PS but then complain about lack of service, phone queues, call centre delays, physical queues in offices or why no-one has answered their letters.

Electorally popular in theory but in reality actually causes more problems.

Ian 10:56 am 02 Apr 10

Anna Key said :

Give the libs some credit. Short of ideas so lets kick the PS and highlight asylum seekers (even though more illegals probably come through Sydney each day on a plane from UK/Ireland). I assume the unemployed and single mums will be next

Ah yes, but the ones coming by plane happen to be conveniently white, so they’re ok.

Woody Mann-Caruso 8:27 am 02 Apr 10

I didn’t hear Joe complaining his department was too large when he was in government. I can imagine it now:

“Where’s my brief?”
“Sorry, big guy – we’re all out door knocking to find jobs for the unemployed.”

sepi 8:00 pm 01 Apr 10

Al – honestly – before you lived in Canberra, did you think cutting back the Federal Public Service was probably a good idea?

Anna Key 5:16 pm 01 Apr 10

Give the libs some credit. Short of ideas so lets kick the PS and highlight asylum seekers (even though more illegals probably come through Sydney each day on a plane from UK/Ireland). I assume the unemployed and single mums will be next

niftydog 4:58 pm 01 Apr 10

I particularly liked Hockey’s sound bite this morning;

“There are 5,000 people in the Department of Health in Canberra and they don’t treat one patient. There’s 5,000 people in the Department of Education and they don’t teach one pupil.”

Yeah… and?

Wraith 4:05 pm 01 Apr 10

And to echo, Yes.

mistertim 3:31 pm 01 Apr 10

Or is that giving credit for a degree of smarts that just doesn’t exist?

Yes.

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