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Don’t slits your wrists yet

By johnboy - 5 April 2012 4

Crikey has a cheerful analysis on why the public service will continue to grow:

While stories about staff cuts are attention-grabbing, we should also take into account that there will be other some other areas of the public service that will grow.

We already know, for example, that Ausaid is to expand enormously, with (roughly) a doubling of the aid budget over the next five years. One of the fastest-growing areas of the public service has been ASIO, and it needs more staff to fill a monstrously huge building under construction that occupies a large swathe of prime waterfront land on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. The carbon tax has new regulatory and oversight agencies that are expanding.

On the other hand one has to wonder if a cash strapped government can’t get more bang for the buck from the public service workforce?

What’s Your opinion?


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4 Responses to
Don’t slits your wrists yet
CrocodileGandhi 7:14 pm 05 Apr 12

c_c said :

EvanJames said :

I have it on good authority that the ASIO building is already not big enough. And that’s without ONA being in there.

Yep, that’s being reported a few times since construction started.
Not sure what to make of the growth of ASIO, except it’s growth seems to mirror the growth of RiotACT – coincidence?

Im sure JB could tell you why. But then he’d have to kill you.

c_c 5:55 pm 05 Apr 12

EvanJames said :

I have it on good authority that the ASIO building is already not big enough. And that’s without ONA being in there.

Yep, that’s being reported a few times since construction started.
Not sure what to make of the growth of ASIO, except it’s growth seems to mirror the growth of RiotACT – coincidence?

EvanJames 4:59 pm 05 Apr 12

I have it on good authority that the ASIO building is already not big enough. And that’s without ONA being in there.

The Coalition *will* chop into the APS. It’s their stated policy, and they’re financing some of their policies (or vote-winning promises) with the projected savings they’ll make. Chopping the APS is popular with the electorate, and it’s traditional for the conservatives who like to make loud noises about “small government”.

I don’t think Crikey has it quite right. A responsible government wouldn’t do anything so stupid as to cut the APS as window-dressing, but sadly our next government isn’t looking at all responsible.

bobb 4:40 pm 05 Apr 12

Don’t forget that FaHCSIA will need a substantial workforce to develop and maintain titanic red tape for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). There is little chance any politician will be able to manage the Public Service and how it feather’s its own nest in this exercise.

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