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Climate Change to shrink like a polar ice cap

By Primal - 4 April 2012 74

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The ABC reports that the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency needs to downsize from 900 to about 600 staff to meet the demands of its budget.

Anyone else suddenly much happier with their job this morning?

[Photo by KaiChanVong CC BY 2.0]

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Climate Change to shrink like a polar ice cap
c_c 1:00 pm 04 Apr 12

Every department is trimming staff, almost no point listing them.
Certainly Vet Affairs and Health are both trimming it was announced a couple of months back. The curious thing is the Departments are all keeping graduate intakes quite high and instead seem to be trimming middle to top tier people. To me, this could spell trouble. You’re trimming away a lot of corporate knowledge and experience.

arescarti42 12:57 pm 04 Apr 12

Damn, I really want to apply for a graduate position there, and this doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence.

davo101 12:54 pm 04 Apr 12

HenryBG said :

Heh, that photo looks like it’s come from inside the DCC….Level4, maybe? Haven’t been in there for years.

According to the tag on flickr it’s in London so you’re only about 20000km out.

PantsMan 12:49 pm 04 Apr 12

housebound said :

Best RA headline this week.

Other possible headines could have included:
* Climate Change staff first to feel the low carbon economy.
* 300 Climate Change staff to try and find a ‘clean job of the future’
* ALP adopts Abbott’s climate change policy

Having had to deal with these people over the years, I cannot see what possible excuse they have for existing. They are like a prothletising religion; every critique is a rejection of their value system, so they become more paranoid, insular and deranged.

Finally and for good measure, am I going to have to fund their golden handshakes? Taxpayers have already paid $175,000 to provide them with counseling because everyone hates them.

Deref 12:33 pm 04 Apr 12

Stevian said :

Rollersk8r said :

It’s happening everwhere. All very easy to say public servants are lazy and should be shot in front of their families but some perspective and understanding of what it means for Canberra would be nice.

You know this isn’t the place for perspective or understanding.

+1

HenryBG 12:29 pm 04 Apr 12

Heh, that photo looks like it’s come from inside the DCC….Level4, maybe? Haven’t been in there for years.

GardeningGirl 12:23 pm 04 Apr 12

I rang the department once to find out about the website for environmentally friendly building/renovating which I was aware existed and to find out if there were any other sources of technical information because I wanted to get some impartial advice about something before speaking to any salespeople about it. I got the typical ‘not my section I’ll put you through to somebody’ runaround before ending up with a booking service for some kind of green advisory home visit service, and nobody I spoke to was aware of their own website which I ended up finding via google. So I reckon the department could easily discard a few people.

Thumper 11:54 am 04 Apr 12

So, it seems that the most pressing moral dilemma of our time is no longer that pressing.

To be fair, however, it seems that everyone is getting slashed.

Of course, it is probably all Abbott’s fault.

Stevian 11:48 am 04 Apr 12

Rollersk8r said :

It’s happening everwhere. All very easy to say public servants are lazy and should be shot in front of their families but some perspective and understanding of what it means for Canberra would be nice.

You know this isn’t the place for perspective or understanding.

pete09 11:47 am 04 Apr 12

Rollersk8r said :

It’s happening everwhere. All very easy to say public servants are lazy and should be shot in front of their families but some perspective and understanding of what it means for Canberra would be nice.

That Canberra will need to be more then a latte economy?

Rollersk8r 11:37 am 04 Apr 12

It’s happening everwhere. All very easy to say public servants are lazy and should be shot in front of their families but some perspective and understanding of what it means for Canberra would be nice.

housebound 11:33 am 04 Apr 12

Best RA headline this week.

DUB 11:16 am 04 Apr 12

Long overdue if you ask me, especially the Climate Change one- huge waste of money and most of people there got their jobs through “friend of a friend”.Bring on more cuts!!!

HenryBG 11:15 am 04 Apr 12

In all the bloated useless messes run by the Federal Government, that one really stands out.

33% is far less than they deserve.

A Climate Change policy unit should use SEWPAC infrastructure and should be run by about 12 staff, plus another 6 staff per project, if any.
That’s all you need.
The research is done elsewhere (where it’s not being impeded by cranks inundating scientists with malicious FoI requests, hacking email servers, dead rats and death threats), you just have to analyse it, package it, and integrate it with policy, a process that does not require anything near 900 staff jetting about the country.

DissolutionedHack 11:09 am 04 Apr 12

Not only Climate Change… apparently Regional Australia need to loose quite a few as well…

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