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Efficiency dividend bumping up to 4%

By johnboy 31 August 2012 24

The Financial Review has the very bad news for the public service here in Canberra that a newer and bigger efficiency dividend is going to be imposed:

Cabinet ministers have been told the expenditure review committee of cabinet will impose a further “efficiency dividend” on the federal bureaucracy, in addition to the on-going 1.5 per cent dividend and an additional, one-off 2.5 percentage-point boost dividend imposed last November. That took the dividend – in effect, enforced spending cuts – in 2012-13 to 4 per cent.

However, the government is apparently looking for another name for the across-the-board cut to the federal bureaucracy, which is already enduring a reduction in staffing numbers by 4200 over a two-year period.

Individual departments are being told how many positions they will have to shed as part of the savings measure. It comes as the mid-year review of the budget once again is turned into a mini-budget to rein in costs to offset spending blowouts and revenue shortfalls to keep the surplus forecast this financial year on track.

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banco 6:32 pm 31 Aug 12

In a Department I’m familiar with there are more than a few SES without branches yet they don’t get cut. Instead they get rid of the 4-6’s.

SnapperJack 5:24 pm 31 Aug 12

Deref said :

davo101 said :

I just wish they’d drop the newspeak. The “efficiency dividend” has nothing at all to do with efficiency, perhaps they could just be more honest and call it a budget cut.

Bingo.

Who are the morons who think up this idiotic spin – and do they really think anyone falls for it?

A bit like in the 1980s when they thought up the expression “Management initiated early retirement” meaning “the sack”.

LSWCHP 4:06 pm 31 Aug 12

Deref said :

davo101 said :

I just wish they’d drop the newspeak. The “efficiency dividend” has nothing at all to do with efficiency, perhaps they could just be more honest and call it a budget cut.

Bingo.

Who are the morons who think up this idiotic spin – and do they really think anyone falls for it?

They’re not morons, they’re very smart people. And rest assured that the dimwitted do indeed fall for it in droves. Consider the US “Patriot Act”, which was a masterstroke of manipulation. The legislation itself was an appalling agglomeration of human rights abuses, but anybody who opposed the act was behind the eight-ball right from the start, because they could be accused of being “unpatriotic”.

Similarly with the “efficiency dividend”. Verbal trickery of this nature allows the perpetrators to start the fight from ground of their own choosing, and as you can see from the terminology it’s the (moral) high ground. The effect is that the debate is translated from the reality of “budget cuts” to nebulous and ill-defined matters of “efficiency”, and everybody is misdirected into wasting their time arguing about irrelevancies.

This linguistic sleight-of-hand is extremely effective out there in “Convoy to Canberra” land, and to write off the authors as morons is to seriously underestimate the enemy.

JessP 3:10 pm 31 Aug 12

Deref said :

davo101 said :

I just wish they’d drop the newspeak. The “efficiency dividend” has nothing at all to do with efficiency, perhaps they could just be more honest and call it a budget cut.

Bingo.

Who are the morons who think up this idiotic spin – and do they really think anyone falls for it?

artuoui said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

great choice, a party that tells you it’s your friend and knifes you in the back versus one which will looks you in the eye and tells you, before it knifes you in the stomach…

its an even nicer choice when you know that your union is using member’s union dues to pay affiliation fees to the party that knifes you in the back.

A cut is a cut is a cut. No matter how they try and spin it, no matter what party, people have to lose jobs.

bd84 said :

Ah the hypocrisy of Julia Gillard, only a few days ago she was going after Tony Abbott for saying he will cut jobs, when she was already planning the same thing through the disguise of efficiency dividends.

+1000 And whats to bet the CPSU will mysteriously say nothing about this…..

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