As the Rudd Junta charges on, with dubious legitimacy, like a bull in the public policy china shop, today we have the announcement that the gaping holes in the finances are to be plugged in part with an increase in the efficiency dividend.
The public service efficiency dividend will be increased to 2¼ per cent per annum for the three years from 2014?15, continuing the Government’s record of driving higher efficiencies in the public sector.
While decisions on how the efficiency dividend is applied are properly a matter for heads of departments and agencies, we have a strong expectation that agencies will first look at non?staffing activities before considering staff reductions.
So don’t sack anyone, just have them sitting around not doing anything expensive.
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This, of course, on top of the raids on smokers and banks.