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Deckchairs rearranged on the Titanic

By PantsMan 12 December 2011 25

What are the ins and outs of the moves?

[ED – The Prime Minister’s reshuffle has been announced. We’d value reader insights as to what it means for the public service here in Canberra.]

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PantsMan 10:27 pm 14 Dec 11

goggles13 said :

well Health and Ageing announced VRs this morning……………

Voluntary redundancies!

Sanity may now be beginning to prevail. It should be mandatory for every APS agency to offer these at a rate of 10% of your salary for every year of service. Watch the efficiencies roll on!

dpm 7:04 pm 14 Dec 11

Anna Key said :

The main problem with Health and Ageing wasn’t Roxon but how Jane Halton has terrorised the SES who in turn terrorise the middle management. Anyone vaguely imaginative is forced out, while those that dot the i’s, cross the t’s and never make a decision are rapidly promoted.

The main problem is that because of the shite Parliament situation, everyone, from the Minister down, is stuck in ‘cover your arse’ mode. The pink batts disaster etc didn’t help that situation though!
That means there is no more ‘frank and fearless advice’ from the PS anymore; it’s all neutral, non-wave-making arse covering…. lame times.

goggles13 5:17 pm 14 Dec 11

well Health and Ageing announced VRs this morning……………

Anna Key 9:30 pm 13 Dec 11

EvanJames said :

PantsMan said :

Given the Commonwealth Health Department does not employ any doctors or nurses, but rather develops ‘policy’ like Kevin Rudd’s Your Health website, I don’t think it could be a bigger waste of money. We sent a letter to Health once about technical amendments and a year later someone who spoke at about three words per minute rang us and said that they were going to think about it. They later refused to agree because “something else was also happening in this area, and this might be too much to try all at once.”

Health does have doctors and nurses working for it, as advisers and administrators. It is a crap department, agreed, devoid of talent or apparent purpose.

And it doesn’t even make policy, outside entities do that, sell them to the minister, and Health gets to set up the structure to implement the policy.

The policy for the establishment of the primary health care network, for instance, was written and lobbied-for by the Australian General Practice Network. You probably know them better now as Medicare Locals.

The Your Health website is just window dressing, isn’t it? Doesn’t actually do anything, but looks good.

The main problem with Health and Ageing wasn’t Roxon but how Jane Halton has terrorised the SES who in turn terrorise the middle management. Anyone vaguely imaginative is forced out, while those that dot the i’s, cross the t’s and never make a decision are rapidly promoted.

I-filed 8:19 pm 13 Dec 11

How do the very, very expensive matter of MOG [machinery of government] changes sit with the efficiency dividend?

DIISRTE: “deserted” (soon to be – watch out fed Labor!)

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