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Foggy opinions at Canberra Airport

By IrishPete 29 May 2013 22

It is SO sweet of Canberra Airport to be so magnanimously and altruistically concerned about Commonwealth Public Servants’ travel in the Canberra Times.

Maybe if they allowed some proper public transport to the airport, it would reduce the overall cost of the travel (the parking/taxis at each end, there and back, can easily add up to more than the airfare) and more people would use the airport. But that would upset airports’ business models, which is no longer to get their income from airlines, but to get it direct  from the travelers.

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neanderthalsis 10:12 am 31 May 13

I am a regular business traveler (non-APS) and I must admit that the Business Lounge/Q Club has been a little less full of the lesser migratory eastern pube of late. That said, however, early flights to Syd and Melb still seem to be well patronised by the black suit brigade.

miz 12:32 am 31 May 13

It is shortsighted to assume that everything can be done by teleconference or video link. While such technologies are a boon, they are no substitute for the benefits our PS area gains by having a representative personally attend stakeholder conferences. As our area constantly deals with certain specialised agencies in every State/Terr throughout the year, we value the twice-yearly Administrators conference as a golden opportunity. That conference gives us the chance to address ongoing issues quickly and efficiently by raising it (and hopefully resolving it) with all the jurisdictions at once. This has saved us a lot of resources in the past by enabling us to streamline our processes. These conferences also enable us to update relevant contacts. Contacts are vital for our area, as the States and Territories restructure their agencies and change personnel from time to time, especially after elections.
Further, if the Cth did not attend such stakeholder events, not only would that be embarrassing for the Cth (whose absence would be noted), but we would miss out on valuable information about jurisdictional issues and State priorities that are likely to have an impact on our own work. Knowledge is a valuable thing and we have to work hard to maintain our relationship with the States/Terrs to keep these channels open, as that makes us more efficient.
I agree with Mr Byron to the extent that cuts to the PS are now at a ‘tipping point’ – certainly in our area, any further staff cuts would mean we are beyond ‘lean and mean’, but are simply ‘starved’. And an anorexic PS is no use to anyone.

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