For some, the end begins now.

Skidbladnir 22 January 2008 56

ABC Online: NCA cuts 30 jobs
More than 30 jobs have been slashed from the National Capital Authority (NCA) under the Rudd Government’s proposal to slash the federal bureaucracy…

ABC Online: PM to continue public service cuts despite $3b windfall
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says a $3 billion windfall inherited from the Howard government will not stop his government making massive savings within the federal bureaucracy…

Canberra times Online: Rudd’s PS cuts to boost surplus
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has pledged further sweeping cuts to Government spending and the public service to deliver a budget surplus of at least $16 billion…

While it is nice to see some heads roll at the NCA, how do you cut $13 billion out of the existing public service?


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Pandy Pandy 5:49 pm 22 Jan 08

Good riddance NCA.

Albert Hall; getting rid of the clover leafs; saying traffic lights on Commonwealth Ave would actually increase speeds; allowing the exapnsion at the airport; telling what we could not do in the forestry settlements.

Hope you all rot.

Fluges Fluges 5:58 pm 22 Jan 08

Pandy, don’t forget the stupid ‘immigration bridge’ they’re trying to foist on us:
http://www.immigrationbridge.com.au/. This ridiculous ‘mighty national community project’, this monstrosity, must be stopped!

Ralph Ralph 6:12 pm 22 Jan 08

Put them back to what they are supposed to be doing – i.e. lawn mowing in the Parliamentary Triangle.

howdy howdy 6:36 pm 22 Jan 08

What about the empty executive car parks for the people who ride bikes? They could make them pay parking when not in use : P

howdy howdy 6:44 pm 22 Jan 08

Not, the executives paying when not in use – anyone else who needs a park

= revenue!

David MacCormack David MacCormack 6:52 pm 22 Jan 08

Canberra’s restaurateurs, travel agents and architects will be hoping that the Gubbinment stays true to its word and takes the meataxe to the APS. Plenty of farewell lunches and VR money to go round then.

And if they can’t find $20b in rubbish programs devised in desperation by the last lot then the Finance wallahs aren’t trying.

So say we all.

Pandy Pandy 8:08 pm 22 Jan 08

Fluges, even though the immigrant bridge is totally private funded, NCA will allow it to be built. It fits in with the plans that Griffin had and is one reason why they want to get rid of the clover leaves around Commonwealth Bridge.

Fluges Fluges 8:21 pm 22 Jan 08

Pandy, so do you think the bridge is a good idea? Note that they’ve amassed a motsa of money from subscriptions, but they haven’t actually got final approval to build the thing. They reckon they’ll pay the money back if they don’t get final approval, minus an ‘administration fee’. Yeah, right, the whole thing’s a money making venture by a bunch of spivs, disguised as some sort of national tribute to immigration and multiculturalism (how can you argue with that). A lot of people support the bridge on that basis, but haven’t thought out how this ugly bridge to nowhere (well, I presume they’ll build a carpark on the other side where the clover leaves are now) will impact on the lake.

VYBerlinaV8 VYBerlinaV8 8:52 pm 22 Jan 08

The easiest thing to do would be to stop the planned tax cuts, given the effect on inflation they will have anyway. That would save most of the needed $$. Also, we should be investing lots into the Future Fund, and getting ourselves ready for the global recession, when we may need to run deficit budgets for a while.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 9:22 pm 22 Jan 08

VY for PM!

Millsy Millsy 9:29 pm 22 Jan 08

I support the construction of Immigration Bridge. It’s a great idea. I also support the National Capital Authority. Sure they’ve made a few stuff ups along the way, but they’ve done a pretty fine job in other areas – such as the Griffin Legacy -which is an excellent idea and vision for Canberra. What I’d like to know is how the Rudd government worked the numbers for the job cuts.

Pandy Pandy 9:29 pm 22 Jan 08

I will be his intern!

Pandy Pandy 9:31 pm 22 Jan 08

The lake is a national treasure. The NCA don’t give a stuff about the sailing or rowing activities of residents of the ACT

Millsy Millsy 9:31 pm 22 Jan 08

On NCA job cuts. What’s that, about half the staff? How did the new gov work that out? Where’s the report and what will it mean? Does that leave enough people for them to do their jobs? Or are we going to end up with another useless gov agency like ACTPLA who couldn’t organise their way out of a wet paper bag.

Millsy Millsy 9:32 pm 22 Jan 08

Agree the lake is a national treasure. That’s why it’s the right place for a national monument celebrating migrants to our great country.

Pandy Pandy 9:41 pm 22 Jan 08

ACTPLA has a reffo from SA who does the builders bidding and allows everything to be built. Looks like ACTPLA is doing a superb job!

Millsy Millsy 9:44 pm 22 Jan 08

You reckon? Ever tried to get approval to build a new architectually designed house in an established suburb? Trying to deal with the people at ACTPLA is enough to make you want to slash your wrists.

Pandy Pandy 9:54 pm 22 Jan 08

Just whisper these words: “Housing choice”. But if it is heritage area tough.

Millsy Millsy 9:58 pm 22 Jan 08

I’m not in a heritage area. Just one built in the 60s. I’ll try the ‘housing choice’ magic if I can ever work up the energy to try again.

ant ant 11:50 pm 22 Jan 08

Middle class welfare… get rid of it! Breeder bribe bonus, Family Tax A and B, Childcare rebate, fark if people want to have kids, great, it’s a free country but why are we all paying for this?

First homeowner money also is useless, it just inflates the market and puts taxpayers money into the greasy claws of real estate people.

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