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Everyone’s talking tough on the public service

By johnboy 6 August 2010 23

The Canberra Times has a piece on hereditary Labor warlord Joe Ludwig talking tough on ripping $840 million in savings from the Public Service.

Jon Stanhope promises that whatever Labor does the Liberals would be worse. But he would say that wouldn’t he?

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georgesgenitals 9:42 am 08 Aug 10

wickerman said :

georgesgenitals said :

I’m not a public servant, but work with a range of pubes across a number of departments. Based on my experience, there are a range of performers, from amazing through to dead useless (much like the private sector). There are probably a few more deadbeats in the public service, but the difference is not as marked as the private sector would have you believe. The thing that really differentiates public and private, though, is that the public service stills tends to be somewhat inefficient, even when trying to pull their belt in. Also, the perks many pubes get (eg training, special time off, etc) seems much more generous than the private sector generally. Of course, it’s not hard to get better $$ as a professional in the private sector, so that makes up for the perks, I reckon.

The point, I guess, is that amongst the private sector (especially outside Canberra), there is a perception that the public service IS bloated and inefficient. It’s not surprising pollies latch onto that when campaigning.

Since you mentioned perceptions, Yeah thanks to all the private enterprise workers for the outstanding services you provide for the Canberra public, your friendly over the counter attitudes and prompt tradesman, and the great workmanship and prices you charge us for repairs and services. Its a real pleasure to deal with it. NOT!

As far as tradies go, I’m with you all the way. The ones I’ve dealt with haven’t been great. As for over the counter private sector (eg retail and hospitality), a lot of these people wouldn’t even have jobs if there wasn’t such a labour shortage.

That said, there’s a lot more to the private sector than trades, retail and hospitality. There are a lot of professional services firms with major offices in Canberra.

wickerman 2:34 am 08 Aug 10

georgesgenitals said :

I’m not a public servant, but work with a range of pubes across a number of departments. Based on my experience, there are a range of performers, from amazing through to dead useless (much like the private sector). There are probably a few more deadbeats in the public service, but the difference is not as marked as the private sector would have you believe. The thing that really differentiates public and private, though, is that the public service stills tends to be somewhat inefficient, even when trying to pull their belt in. Also, the perks many pubes get (eg training, special time off, etc) seems much more generous than the private sector generally. Of course, it’s not hard to get better $$ as a professional in the private sector, so that makes up for the perks, I reckon.

The point, I guess, is that amongst the private sector (especially outside Canberra), there is a perception that the public service IS bloated and inefficient. It’s not surprising pollies latch onto that when campaigning.

Since you mentioned perceptions, Yeah thanks to all the private enterprise workers for the outstanding services you provide for the Canberra public, your friendly over the counter attitudes and prompt tradesman, and the great workmanship and prices you charge us for repairs and services. Its a real pleasure to deal with it. NOT!

georgesgenitals 4:46 pm 07 Aug 10

I’m not a public servant, but work with a range of pubes across a number of departments. Based on my experience, there are a range of performers, from amazing through to dead useless (much like the private sector). There are probably a few more deadbeats in the public service, but the difference is not as marked as the private sector would have you believe. The thing that really differentiates public and private, though, is that the public service stills tends to be somewhat inefficient, even when trying to pull their belt in. Also, the perks many pubes get (eg training, special time off, etc) seems much more generous than the private sector generally. Of course, it’s not hard to get better $$ as a professional in the private sector, so that makes up for the perks, I reckon.

The point, I guess, is that amongst the private sector (especially outside Canberra), there is a perception that the public service IS bloated and inefficient. It’s not surprising pollies latch onto that when campaigning.

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